NCP Supremo, Sharad Pawar, held a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, where he said that he will cooperate with the Enforcement Directorate and visit the ED office on Friday. Sharad Pawar’s press conference just started a while after the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis made a statement slamming the allegations of political vendetta by the Opposition regarding the ED probe in the Maharashtra State co-operative bank scam. NCP patriarch, Sharad Pawar on Wednesday morning, had said that he was not surprised by the allegations and he, in fact, thanked the ED for naming him in the case. Pawar also said that it was only through media that he came to know his name had appeared in the ED’s list of accused.
Sharad Pawar in a press conference said that "I got to know through the media that the Enforcement Directorate has registered an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) against me. But I am ready to cooperate with the agency on this matter. That is why I will go to the Enforcement Directorate office at 2:00 pm on Friday, September 27. They should not think I'm not available. However, I want to say that, if I am ever absent from the ED office that means I am out of Mumbai for election campaign”.
He added “My absence should not be linked to non-cooperation. Neither should my absence create a political discussion. I would not flee from the investigation in any way possible unless it is for campaigning purposes. It's the agency's right to go ahead with their investigation and I have no issues with that. On the other hand, I have time and again reiterated, even after ED’s allegation, I was never a member or director of the bank. I will face whatever comes ahead with my whole heart.”
Devendra Fanavis slammed all the allegations claiming that Sharad Pawar’s name appearing in the MSCB case is a part of the political agenda. He said, “These investigations are done under the direction of the HC and the state government is not involved in any way. ED does not come under the government. A petition was filed in the Bombay High Court (HC) regarding the scam which has occurred in the Maharashtra state co-operative bank. The petition alleged certain people who were involved in the scam and demanded criminal proceedings be conducted against them. The (Bombay) High Court directed the state police to file an FIR in this matter. Hence, following this order, the Mumbai Police has filed an FIR naming 60 people in the case. In the FIR, they (Mumbai police) have mentioned who has approved the loans, who has influenced things, and who has played other roles, amongst these 60 people and are under investigation."