Firing a fresh salvo at the Nationalist Congress Party, BJP parliamentarian Kirit Somaiya Thursday submitted a fresh complaint against former Maharashtra deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar and NCP state chief Sunil Tatkare to the Enforcement Directorate.
In his complaint, Somaiya alleged that Pawar and Tatkare were involved in money laundering and financial irregularities, adding up to Rs 800 crore. He had previously approached the state’s Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) which is probing the duo’s role in the multi-crore irrigation scam, with a similar complaint.
The BJP leader has also referred the same complaint to the Financial Intelligence Unit under the Union Finance Ministry. The action comes a day after the Maharashtra government appointed a panel to probe 66 projects in connection with the irrigation scam.
Both Pawar and Tatkare have rubbished allegations against them in the past. On Thursday, Tatkare said that he “welcomed the investigation” while refusing to comment further.
Somaiya had earlier claimed credit for former NCP MP Sameer Bhujbal’s arrest in the money laundering case involving the Maharashtra Sadan construction scam and the Kalina library case earlier this month.
NCP spokesman Nawab Malik, meanwhile, alleged that the BJP’s action against its leaders was borne out of the need to divert attention from the government’s failures.
“We are confident that our (NCP) leaders will come out unscathed from these probes. They have done nothing wrong.”