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Maharashtra: BJP demands probe against Ajit Pawar after Waze’s extortion allegations

The resolution said, “Waze, in a letter to NIA court, has alleged that he was forced into extortion and named the deputy CM and transport minister Anil Parab. The CBI should investigate the charges against both.”

By: PTI | Mumbai |
Updated: June 24, 2021 8:39:55 pm
Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar (File Photo)

Maharashtra BJP on Thursday passed a resolution in its state executive meeting demanding a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) enquiry against deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar on extortion charges levelled against him by dismissed police officer Sachin Waze.

The resolution said, “Waze, in a letter to NIA court, has alleged that he was forced into extortion and named the deputy CM and transport minister Anil Parab. The CBI should investigate the charges against both.”

The resolution proposed by former minister Ashish Shelar and seconded by party vice president Chitra Wagh was given unanimous consent by the top state leadership, including leader of the Opposition in Maharashtra Assembly Devendra Fadnavis, state BJP president Chandrakant Patil and others.
The party members said they would “fight tooth and nail the corruption” in the state’s ruling MVA government.

BJP’s general secretary incharge for Maharashtra, T Ravi, said, “Maha Vikas Aghadi is a government which loots the public.”

In a hand-written letter to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) court, Waze had alleged that a person said to be close to the deputy CM had informed him about illegal trade of tobacco in the state and asked him to collect at least Rs 100 crore from the traders.

Earlier, in 2019, following the assembly polls in November, Fadnavis had joined hands with Pawar to form the state government, which the latter soon walked out of, paving the way for the three-party coalition of the Congress, the National Congress Party (NCP) and the Shiv Sena, which has been ruling the state since.

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