The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached assets worth Rs 65.75 crore belonging to Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar in the Maharashtra State Co-operative Bank scam case. These include the land, building, plant and machines of the sugar mill located at Chimangaon in Koregaon. These properties were bought in 2010 for the same price. In this case, Ajit Pawar said that he has not received any notice from the investigating agency and he is not aware of it.
The Enforcement Directorate said in a statement that the confiscated properties are owned by M/s Guru Commodity Service Pvt Ltd and given on lease to M/s Jarandeshwar Sahakari Sugar Factory (Jarandeshwar SSK). According to the ED, the majority stake in Jarandeshwar Cooperative Sugar Factory is with M/s Sparkling Soil Pvt Ltd, which is linked to Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and his wife Sunetra Pawar.
In this case, the Economic Offenses Wing of Mumbai Police had registered an FIR in 2019. ED is investigating by registering a case of money laundering on the basis of this. The ED claims that in 2010, the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank had auctioned the Jarandeshwar Cooperative Sugar Factory, but deliberately under-priced it.
According to the probe agency, Pawar was on the board of directors of the Maharashtra State Co-operative Bank and is one of the influential people. The cooperative sugar factory Guru Commodity Services Limited bought and immediately leased it out to the Jarandeshwar cooperative sugar factory.
It is alleged that Ajit Pawar and his wife formed a fake company named M/s Guru Commodity Service Private Limited to get the ownership rights of it. Apart from this, through Jarandeshwar Sugar Factory, took a loan of Rs 700 crore from Pune District Central Co-Operative Bank in the name of Cooperative Sugar Factory.
In this case, BJP leader Kirit Somaiya said that the ED has attached the property of Ajit Pawar's benami sugar factory. Sharad Pawar's family has made many such sugar factories in their name by scam in the cooperative bank. Rohit Pawar has taken over a sugar factory in the same way, it should also be investigated.
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