Investigations into the alleged irregularities in irrigation projects in Raigad district have thrown up several gaps in the sequence of financial transactions, said officials of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Sunday, confirming that Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders Ajit Pawar and Sunil Tatkare had been summoned to verify the sequence of events.
On Saturday, the ACB issued summons to Pawar and Tatkare, who were the deputy chief minister and water resources minister at the time. They were asked to either appear at the ACB head office or to send their representatives on September 15 and September 16, respectively.
Director-General of Police (ACB) Praveen Dixit confirmed that the summons had been issued. “We will wait for their response to the summonses and then decide the further course of action. We have asked for information pertinent to the investigation from them in the past and they have been responding,” he said.
On August 24, the ACB had registered the first FIR in the irrigation scam, booking 11 people in connection with alleged irregularities in the awarding of the contract for the Balganga dam to FA Enterprises.
As reported by The Indian Express, while investigations so far had established misconduct and some monetary gratification on part of former Konkan Irrigation Development Corporation (KIDC) employees, the agency was still unable to establish a trail of money leading to the top political leaders associated with the projects.
“We need some more information about the financial aspects of the matter. The inquiries with Pawar and Tatkare will not be limited only to the Balganga dam but will be about all the other projects as well, as we have teams investigating irregularities in various irrigation projects during their tenure,” an ACB officer said.
The officer added that clarity will also be sought from both the NCP leaders about several facts that have come to light in the interrogation of the five accused arrested so far in the Balganga dam case.