After the Enforcement Directorate (ED) led a probe in a bank scam case against the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Chief Sharad Pawar, he reacted to it on Tuesday by saying that he has no problem going to jail and he would welcome it. The NCP Chief has shown no remorse towards the money laundering case filed against him but rather replied saying, "I have no problem if I am sent to jail. I will enjoy it instead as I have never experienced it. If someone is thinking to put me behind bars, in this case, I will rather welcome it."
Sharad Pawar was asked if his name had come up in the money laundering case because United Progressive Alliance (UPA) has been vocal about several issues regarding the Centre, NCP chief said that he will have to contact the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis to find out. The ED filed the case against him right before the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly polls to which Pawar added that he will continue campaigning for the Assembly elections.
On September 24, NCP Chief Sharad Pawar, his nephew Ajit Pawar and others in the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank (MSCB) scam case. Officials claimed that an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) has been registered by the central agency under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Reacting to the ECIR filed against him which is equivalent to an FIR, he said that he wasn't surprised by this. Pawar also thanked the probe agencies as they have linked his name in a case involving a bank of which he is not even a member. He initially seemed clueless when the case was registered against him, claiming that he had not received any notice.
(with ANI inputs)