In the recent turn of events in Maharashtra's political crisis, a piece of news went viral that all files in an irrigation scam involving newly elected Deputy CM of state, Ajit Pawar, have been closed. However, to rebuff the misinformation, the Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau maintained that information was being twisted to present a false picture
In the recent turn of events in Maharashtra's political crisis, a piece of news went viral that all files in an irrigation scam involving newly elected Deputy CM of state, Ajit Pawar, have been closed. English News channel, Times Now, in its breaking report, claimed that All files related to the irrigation scam have been closed. Ajit Pawar, who was accused in the scam gets a clean chit.
As soon as the news went live on media, people on social media started circulating the claim. Politician Kumar Vishwas shared a post on twitter that can be roughly translated to, "Poor Ajit Pawar such an honest leader accused of corruption. Congratulations to the nation's "democracy" and Ajit Dada on getting clean chit by his own government in a 70 thousand crores scam, withing 48 hours."
Journalist Megha Prasad also wrote, "Breaking: Few cases related irrigation scam closed, in some of these Ajit Pawar was named too."
The irrigation scam dates back to the time Ajit Pawar was the irrigation minister of Maharashtra in a Congress-Nationalist Congress Party government. Ajit Pawar was alleged to be at the helm of irregularities in projects awarded by his ministry. The allegations included claims that Ajit Pawar awarded projects at inflated prices.
Truth Behind this claim
After the news claiming Ajit Pawar getting a clean chit broke, Maharashtra Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) DG, Parambir Singh dismissed this claim and clarified that none of the cases that were closed today are related to Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister, Ajit Pawar.
The news agency, Asian News Internationation shared a post on Twitter, quoting Maharashtra Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) DG, Parambir Singh.
In another tweet by ANI, DG Parambir Singh can be seen explaining the situation in a video.
You can watch the video down below.
NDTV also posted an article, rebutting the viral news.
In the wee hours of Sunday, Ajit Pawar ditched his uncle Sharad and joined hands with the BJP's Devendra Fadnavis. Such political drama in Maharashtra has led to the spread of misinformation because Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and the BJP have always targeted Ajit Pawar over allegations of corruption. In 2014, one of the first actions that he took after becoming Chief Minister was to sanction an investigation into Ajit Pawar's alleged role in the irrigation scam, involving allegations of a swindle of some Rs. 70,000 crore when he was Deputy Chief Minister in the Congress-NCP government.
However, to rebuff the misinformation, the Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau maintained that information was being twisted to present a false picture
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