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Home minister supports Bagwe

mumbai Updated: May 19, 2010 01:38 IST
HT Corresponden

This might come as a relief to Minister of State for Home Ramesh Bagwe who has been embroiled in allegations for the whole of last week.

Home Minister R.R. Patil on Tuesday supported Bagwe by saying that the cases against Bagwe are old ones and his name has been cleared from most of them. “ For the remaining cases we will look at it and take a decision soon,” he said while talking to the media. Bagwe had locked horns with Pune Police commissioner Satyapal Singh after the Pune bomb blast in February and had randomly announced his transfer in the state council session in April without consulting Patil.

This outburst not only kept Singh’s transfer on hold but also led to incidences of police giving out information to media of 19 cases registered against him, a reason for not renewing Bagwe’s passport. The speculation went a step ahead with the revelation that the affidavit submitted by Bagwe during the election did not disclose of any such cases. This encouraged the opposition to demand a resignation from Bagwe.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan on Tuesday said a decision over the controversy involving Minister of State for Home Ramesh Bagwe's passport renewal would be taken soon. “I have spoken to Bagwe and also with the Pune Police officials on the issue and a decision would be taken soon,” Chavan told reporters.