Mumbai: Special Court barres ED from probe against Ajit Pawar and 69 others

Mumbai: Coming in as a relief for the Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and several others, the special court on Thursday has rejected Enforcement Directorate’s intervention application challenging the closure report filed by the Economic Offences Wing of Mumbai Police in the Rs 25,000 crore Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank scam.
Along with Pawar, 69 other persons were under radar for alleged foul play in loan disbursements.
The scam was allegedly perpetrated over a period of 15 years, from 2002 to 2017.
The special court on Thursday announced that the application filed by ED to intervene “is not tenable and is rejected”, adding it was “not passing any orders on the closure report as an opportunity is required to be given to the informant to contest.
Last September, the police had registered an FIR on directions of the Bombay high court in a PIL filed by Mumbai businessman Surinder Arora. The PIL named NCP’s Ajit Pawar and former NCP leaders Vijaysingh Mohite-Patil and others.

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