Congress on Monday said it was for the NCP to decide whether to take action against its senior MP Padamsinh Patil who has been arrested by the CBI in a double murder case and maintained that the issue has "nothing to do" with the relationship between the two parties.
"It is for the NCP to decide on the issue as its image is involved in the matter," party spokesman Shakeel Ahmed told reporters when asked whether it favoured suspension of Patil from the NCP.
Replying to a volley of questions, he said, "It is purely an individual case...It has nothing to do with the (relationship between) Congress and NCP."
Ahmed said both NCP chief Sharad Pawar and party leader Praful Patel have asserted that law will take its own course in the matter.
Asked whether the then NCP Home Minister of Maharashtra (R R Patil) was responsible for not acting against Patil, Ahmed shot back saying there are hundreds of cases where the state government and the CBI have different opinions.