Won’t Bow Down Before Delhi Throne: Sharad Pawar On Enforcement Directorate Action
The Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar on Tuesday said he will visit the Enforcement Directorate office on Sept. 27 in connection with a money laundering case filed against him by the agency.
Addressing media here, Pawar also questioned the timing of the ED move, which comes days before the Oct. 21 Maharashtra Assembly elections.
Pawar said he will visit the ED office at 2 p.m. on Sept. 27 to submit “whatever information” sought in connection with the Maharashtra State Co-operative Bank scam.
“I will be mostly out of Mumbai for Assembly poll campaigning. The agency officials shouldn’t misunderstand that I am unavailable. I will go to them and give them whatever information they want,” Pawar said.
Pawar said he believes in the Constitution of India.
“Maharashtra follows the ideology of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. We don’t know bowing down before the Delhi takht (throne),” Pawar said.
The enforcement agency has filed a money laundering case against Pawar, his nephew Ajit Pawar and others in connection with the bank scam.
The case is based on a Mumbai Police FIR which had named former chairmen of the bank, Ajit Pawar and 70 former functionaries of the cooperative bank.