Maharashtra Co-op Bank scam: FIR filed against NCP's Ajit Pawar, PWP's Jayant Patil and 70 former functionaries of MSCB

  • On 22 August, the Bombay High Court said there was 'credible evidence' against Ajit Pawar in the case and directed police to register an FIR

  • The Police has registered FIR against Pawar, PWP leader Jayant Patil and other senior functionaries of the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank (MSCB)

  • The accused were allegedly complicit in causing losses to the tune of Rs 1,000 crore to MSCB between 2007 and 2011

  • Inquiries into the scam blamed the 'decisions, actions and inactions' of Pawar and the other accused for the loss

  • Activist Surinder Arora filed a complaint with the EOW in 2015 and approached the high court, seeking that an FIR be registered

Mumbai: Mumbai Police on Monday registered an FIR against senior NCP leader and former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar and 70 former functionaries in the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank (MSCB) scam case on alleged charges of cheating and forgery, days after the Bombay High Court directed them to file an offence.

Ajit Pawar, a nephew of NCP chief Sharad Pawar, had served as deputy chief minister from 10 November, 2010, to 26 September, 2014.

Other accused include Peasants and Workers Party (PWP) leader Jayant Patil and the then directors and senior officials from the superseded bank's units in 34 districts in the state, an official said.

 Maharashtra Co-op Bank scam: FIR filed against NCPs Ajit Pawar, PWPs Jayant Patil and 70 former functionaries of MSCB

File image of Ajit Pawar. PTI image

"We have registered an offence at MRA Marg police station based on the complaint of Economic Offences Wing," an official said.

They have been booked under sections 420 (Cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 409 (Criminal breach of trust by public servant, or by banker, merchant or agent), 406 (Punishment for criminal breach of trust), 465 (Punishment for forgery), 467 (Forgery of valuable security, will, etc) and 120 (B) ( Punishment of criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

On August 22, a bench of Justices SC Dharmadhikari and SK Shinde of the high court said there was "credible evidence" against the accused in the case and directed the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) to register an FIR within five days.

The accused were allegedly complicit in causing losses to the tune of Rs 1,000 crore to MSCB between 2007 and 2011.

An inspection by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) as well as a charge sheet filed by a quasi-judicial inquiry commission under the Maharashtra Cooperative Societies (MCS) Act blamed the "decisions, actions and inactions" of Pawar and the other accused for the loss.

The NABARD 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 subsequent default on repayment and recovery of such loans.

Activist Surinder Arora filed a complaint with the EOW in 2015 and approached the high court, seeking that an FIR be registered.

In view of the deficiencies pointed out by NABARD, the RBI had in May 2011 directed to supersede the MSCB board of directors and appoint an administrator to look after its affairs.

The HC had last week held that prima facie, 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.

Updated Date: Aug 26, 2019 22:28:05 IST