The court noted that Ajit Pawar’s wife Sunetra Pawar was one of the directors of the accused company from 2004-2008.
As soon as he became the Deputy CM of Maharashtra, Ajit Pawar seems to be caught in a legal quagmire. Taking cognizance of the ED’s charge sheet, a Mumbai court made strong remarks. The court said that people close to Ajit Pawar had acquired the property of a co-operative sugar mill at a paltry price.
Taking cognizance of the ED’s chargesheet in a money laundering case involving the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank, a special court observed that close aides of Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar acquired assets of a sugar cooperative society at throwaway prices. Special Judge MG Deshpande said in the order passed on Wednesday that it shows black money from criminal activity. Directing all the accused to appear in person or through their counsel on July 19, the court said there were sufficient grounds to direct issuance of summons against all the accused.
Ajit’s wife Sunetra was the director of the tainted company for four years.
The ED had filed a chargesheet in April this year against three accused — Guru Commodity Services Pvt Ltd, Jarandeshwar Sugar Mills Pvt Ltd and chartered accountant Yogesh Bagrecha. Ajit Pawar has not been made an accused in this case. The special court issued summons to both the companies, including Bagrecha, through their then and present directors. The court noted that Ajit Pawar’s wife Sunetra Pawar was one of the directors of the accused company from 2004-2008. Sunetra Pawar was a former member of the Board of Directors of MSCB.
The court said that the loan amounting to Rs 826 crore given by the Pune District Central Cooperative Bank and other banks against the mortgaged property of Jarandeshwar SSK Ltd, prima facie shows that the property of Jarandeshwar SSK was siphoned off by close associates of Ajit Pawar. acquired at a cost. An investigation into the matter was initiated after a PIL was filed in the Bombay High Court regarding irregularities in the bank.