Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed an ECIR (enforcement case investigation report). The ECIR is filed against Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo Sharad Pawar, his nephew Ajit Pawar and others in connection with Maharashtra State Co-operative Bank (MSCB) scam.
An ECIR is similar to an FIR and the specific charge is under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.
According to the sources, ECIR filed by the ED includes names of Sharad Pawar, Ajit Pawar, Diliprao Deshmukh, Isharlal Jain, Jayant Patil, Shivaji Rao Nalvade, Anand Rao Adsul, Rajendra Shingane, Madan Patil and others while 75 others have been named in the ECIR filed by ED in connection with the MSCB scam.
As per advocate Satish Talekar, Pawar has been named in the additional statements of the complainant. “We had not made Pawar a party in our criminal PIL before the High Court. We named him only in the additional statements recorded before the EOW,” Talekar said.
“The mismanagement (of the bank) was not inadvertent but pre-planned and schemed as the persons in the then state government, the persons at the helm of affairs of the financial institutions etcetera, were the same people, all set to tear apart the cooperative sector to fill their treasuries. All this took place under the implicit direction of Sharad Pawar, who was holding the reins of all the pillars of the cooperative sector in the state”, stated the complaint mentioned in Sharad Pawar’s name in a paragraph.
“The state police are always under the control of political bosses. Although most of the accused belong to the NCP and the Shiv Sena, there are a few who also belong to the BJP. All the accused are extremely politically influential,” the complainant Arora said in his charge.
As per the complaint, Pawar and senior NCP leader Jayant Patil, Vijaysinh Mohite-Patil and bureaucrats from 34 district banks have caused an extreme loss to the public exchequer by illegally sanctioning loans for their own purpose and relatives.