Deccan Express: Deputy Chief Minister and Pune District Guardian Minister Ajit Pawar finally opened up about ED’s attachment of Jarandeshwar Sugar Mills. Pawar called it the opposition’s efforts to defame him.
While talking to media here on Friday he said, the sugar mill is not sold by the board of directors rather it is sold as per the High Court order. There have been inquiries about this. Now, this agency wants to conduct another one then it should be transparent.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday attached a sugar mill worth over ₹65 crores under the anti-money laundering law in connection with the alleged Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank (MSCB) scam, said the ED.
ED adds a company linked to Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and his wife is involved in the case.
The assets are currently held in the name of Guru Commodity Services Pvt. Ltd. and leased to Jarandeshwar Sugar Mills Pvt. Ltd.
“Sparkling Soil Pvt. Ltd. is holding majority shares of Jarandeshwar Sugar Mills Pvt. Ltd. Investigation has revealed that Sparkling Soil Pvt. Ltd. is a related company to Ajit Pawar, Deputy Chief Minister of State of Maharashtra and Sunetra Ajit Pawar,” said the ED in a statement.
Meanwhile, Ajit Pawar told that he did not get any notice from the ED. He also denied knowledge about the attachment of Jarendeshwar Sugar Mill in the Satara district by the probe agency.
The ED had initiated its investigations under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) based upon an FIR registered by the Economic Offence Wing of Mumbai Police in 2019.
According to ED Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank conducted an auction of Jarandeshwar Sahkari Sugar Karkhana at an undervalued price and without following the due procedure in the year 2010.