Mumbai: Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar put up a brave front on Tuesday, claiming media reports on the attachment of properties linked to him were baseless, factually incorrect and motivated by slander. Pawar, through his advocate Prashant Patil, clarified that there was no notice from the income tax department nor attachment of any property. Pawar has thereby reiterated the NCP’s line to strongly take on the probe agencies and thereby foil the BJP’s attempt to destabilise the Maha Vikas Aghadi government and discredit the opponents.
However, on Tuesday, the tax officials confirmed that they had provisionally sent orders to Pawar’s relatives who were raided last month, to attach their properties in Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune, Goa and also over two dozen land parcels across the state with a combined market value of around Rs 1,400 crore.
These properties include the Jarandeshwar sugar factory in Satara, valued at Rs 600 crore, a Rs 250-crore resort in Goa called Nilaya, the office of Parth Pawar at Nirmal House in south Mumbai valued at Rs 25 crore, a Rs 20 crore flat in south Delhi and land parcels in over two dozen locations across Maharashtra with a combined market value of Rs 500 crore. Notably, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) is also probing the Jarandeshwar Sahakari Sugar Karkhana in Satara, controlled by Ajit Pawar’s family, in an alleged Rs 750-crore loan scam case.
Pawar’s relatives have been given 90 days to prove these properties…