Chief minister Uddhav Thackarey (C) along with state home minister Anil Deshmukh(L) , deputy CM Ajit Pawar(2nd R) and Eknath Shinde(R) addressing the media. (Vidyadhar Rane/HT PHOTO)
Chief minister Uddhav Thackarey (C) along with state home minister Anil Deshmukh(L) , deputy CM Ajit Pawar(2nd R) and Eknath Shinde(R) addressing the media. (Vidyadhar Rane/HT PHOTO)

Guilty should be punished, says Maharashtra govt as politics over case continues

Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar told mediapersons that whoever is found guilty will face action.
By Faisal Malik, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAR 17, 2021 07:12 AM IST

The Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi government on Tuesday sought to distance itself from suspended police officer Sachin Vaze, who has been arrested by the NIA in connection with the recovery of explosives from a car near billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s residence in Mumbai.

“The MVA government handled the case very well. This is the reason all (culprits) were exposed. The one (Anil Deshmukh) having the responsibility of the home department has done a good job,” Sharad Pawar, president of the Nationalist Congess Party told reporters in Delhi after a day of hectic parleys between leaders of the ruling alliance, comprising Shiv Sena, the NCP and the Congress.

On handing over the case to the NIA, he said, “There is no difference of opinion within the MVA government over action by NIA against those who have misused their position.”

The Sena, however, has taken a different stand on the NIA probe. Speaking to mediapersons in Delhi, Shiv Sena leader and urban development minister Eknath Shinde said, “NIA should investigate matters that come under their jurisdiction. If Central agencies ...will continue taking over all the cases in the states, then definitely they will lose their credibility.”

Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar told mediapersons that whoever is found guilty will face action. “Since the beginning, the government took a stand that the investigation should be completed and the guilty will have to face the consequences.”

State Congress president Nana Patole hit out at the BJP. “But the way BJP is portraying Mumbai and Maharashtra police as villains, we are against that.”

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