The Mumbai Police on Monday registered an FIR against senior NCP leader and former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar and 70 former functionaries in the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank (MSCB) scam case.
FIR has been filed against Pawar on alleged charges of cheating and forgery, days after the Bombay High Court directed them to file an offence.
Ajit Pawar, a nephew of NCP chief Sharad Pawar, had served as deputy chief minister from November 10, 2010, to September 26, 2014.
A division bench of Bombay High Court Justice S.C. Dharmadhikari and Justice S.K. Shinde held that there was prima facie credible evidence and directed the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) to initiate the proceedings invoking the relevant provisions of the laws.
Besides the Pawar duo, the name of NCP state President Jayant Patil also figures, several other prominent politicians, government and bank officials who have been named in a PIL filed by a Mumbai-based activist Surinder M. Arora.
They were accused of causing losses worth around Rs 1,000 crore to the state’s apex cooperative bank between 2007-2011.