Bombay HC directs Mumbai Police to file FIR against NCP leader Ajit Pawar, 70 others in MSCB scam case
The Bombay HC directed Mumbai Police's Economic Offences Wing to register an FIR against NCP leader Ajit Pawar and over 70 others in the MSCB scam case.
The Bombay HC directed Mumbai Police's Economic Offences Wing (EOW) to register an FIR against NCP leader Ajit Pawar and over 70 others in the MSCB scam case
The court held that prima facie, there was 'credible evidence' against them in the case
A bench of Justices SC Dharmadhikari and SK Shinde directed the EOW to file the FIR within the next five days
Mumbai: The Bombay High Court directed Mumbai Police's Economic Offences Wing (EOW) on Thursday to register an FIR against NCP leader Ajit Pawar and over 70 others in the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank (MSCB) scam case.
The court held that prima facie, there was "credible evidence" against them in the case.
A bench of Justices SC Dharmadhikari and SK Shinde directed the EOW to file the FIR within the next five days.
Besides former deputy chief minister Pawar, those accused in the case include PWP leader Jayant Patil and several senior cooperative bank officials from 34 districts in the state.
The accused allegedly were complicit in causing losses worth Rs 1,000 crore to MSCB between 2007 and 2011.
A subsequent inspection conducted by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), and a charge sheet filed by a quasi-judicial inquiry commission under the Maharashtra Cooperative Societies (MCS) Act blamed Pawar and other accused, including several directors of the bank.
It said their decisions, actions, and inactions caused such losses to the bank.
NABARD's audit report revealed a breach of several banking laws and RBI guidelines by the accused in the distribution of loans to sugar factories and spinning mills and the subsequent default on repayment and recovery of such loans.
At that time, Pawar was the director of the bank. However, despite the inspection reports, no FIR was filed in the case.
Local activist Surinder Arora filed a complaint with the EOW in the case in 2015 and approached the high court, seeking that an FIR be registered.
On Thursday, the high court held that prima facie, the NABARD's inspection report, the complaint, and the charge sheet under the MCS Act showed there existed "credible evidence" against the accused in the case.
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