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ACB exonerates Ajit Pawar in Vidarbha irrigation scam

Maharashtra s Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has given a clean chit to NCP leader and former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar in the multi-crore Vidarbha irrigation scam. The ACB, in its affidavit submitted in the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court, has ruled out Pawar s involvement in cases of alleged irregularities in approval and commissioning of irrigation projects in the Vidarbha region. The affidavit was submitted on November 27, a day before the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government of the Shiv Sena -NCP-Congress was sworn-in the state on November 28. The court had asked the ACB to clarify its stand on the role of Pawar, a former Water Resources Development Minister, in these cases. Pawar, the NCP MLA from Baramati in Pune district, was Water Resources Development Minister during 1999-2009 when the Congress-NCP combine was in power in Maharashtra. Pawar had also served as chairman of Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC), which had cleared irrigation ...


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