Thane, Sep 22 : Senior NCP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar failed to turn up today at the Anti- Corruption Bureau (ACB) office here to answer questions regarding alleged irregularities in the construction of the multi-crore Balganga dam. In a release, ACB, said that Pawar was scheduled to come to their office in order to answer questions but sent his representatives instead. ACB is probing alleged irregularities in the multi-crore project in Raigad district upon directions of Maharashtra government. (Also Read: HC directs Centre to issue direction to helmet manufactures)

During its probe, the ACB’s Special Investigation Team (SIT) had registered offences against as many as 11 accused, including six government officials, of which five accused have already been arrested. According to ACB, the draft proposal for the project was prepared out of the blue, flouting all regulations and guidelines. Incidentally, ACB had summoned Pawar to its office as part of its probe earlier as well, but he had remained absent.
Calling him to their office once again today, ACB had given Pawar the option of either appearing in person or through his counsel.

Pawar, who held the irrigation portfolio in Maharashtra when the irregularities took place, was represented by Sunil Musale and two other advocates. According to ACB, Pawar could not be present in person since he was busy with ongoing festivities. Maharashtra NCP president Sunil Tatkare, who was summoned on September 21 by ACB in connection with the Kondane dam, also did not turn up and had sent his representative instead, stating that he needed time to give an exhaustive reply to ACB queries.