The file for nine cases related to the Rs 70 thousand crore irrigation scam has been closed just two days after Ajit Pawar became deputy chief minister. The scam took place in the Vidarbha region and the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) of Maharashtra was investigating it. However, it is not clear whether Ajit Pawar was an accused in these 9 closed cases.
News agency ANI quoted ACB sources as saying that the cases mentioned in the letter which went viral on social media, are not related to Ajit Pawar. It has also been said that the cases have been closed conditionally.
Ajit Pawar was the irrigation minister in this government on different occasions between 1999 and 2014. It was revealed in the Economic Survey that despite spending 70 thousand crore rupees on different irrigation projects in a decade, the expansion of irrigation area in the state was just 0.1%. The contracts of the projects were awarded to a select few, following the rules.