An NCP functionary has filed a complaint with the Cyber police station in Mumbai alleging that a person had called him up after possibly "spoofing" senior party colleague and former deputy CM Ajit Pawar's number, an official said on Saturday. NCP Mumbai unit vice president Narendra Rane told police that he received a call last Sunday from Pawar's "number" though a man who identified himself only as Kunal was on the other end. Kunal spoke about Pawar being in Pune and wanting to give some money to a person in Mumbai, Rane told police, adding that Kunal also tried to give him some bank account number. Rane later alerted Pawar's private secretary and found that no such call was made by the NCP leader, the official said. Following this, Rane filed a complaint with Cyber police station and a probe into the incident has begun, the official added.
Days ahead of Maharashtra assembly elections, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a case against the NCP chief Sharad Pawar, his nephew Ajit Pawar and others in the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank (MSCB) scam case on Tuesday. Officials said that an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR), equivalent to a police FIR, has been registered by the central agency under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Ajit Pawar, nephew of Sharad Pawar and the Chief of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), recently spoke to the media in a press conference. Ajit Pawar in a statement asserted that Sharad Pawar had no role in the money laundering case in connection with the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank scam. In an emotional statement, Ajit Pawar spoke of his uncle and stated that Sharad Pawar has been dragged into the matter just because he is the director of the bank. In a major development ahead of the Assembly elections, Ajit Pawar resigned as the Baramati MLA from the Maharashtra assembly.