His rivals in various parties saw Pawar not being summoned to the ACB office as a special privilege, but government sources said sending a questionnaire was within the stipulations.
“ACB’s decision is in accordance with rules. ACB has not bestowed any special concession on Ajit Pawar,” government sources said.
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Several rivals in the BJP, Shiv Sena and Congress pointed out that when Chhagan Bhujbal, who was also a senior NCP leader and former minister, was questioned in a case related to irregularities in construction of the Maharashtra Sadan in Delhi, he had been asked to depose at the ACB office.
“There are two aspects for the ACB’s decision and one is that Pawar may not be in town,” explained a senior official who added that another reason is that often, when leaders are called to the ACB office, they don’t answer all questions immediately. It calls for several visits. If they submit it in writing, it becomes a recorded document.
The Fadnavis government had earlier given the ACB permission to probe Pawar and former water resources minister Sunil Tatkare.