Ajit Pawar denies allegations related to Jarandeshwar sugar mill

Pune, Oct 22 (PTI) Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Friday dismissed the allegations leveled against him in connection with the Jarandeshwar Cooperative Sugar Mill, saying the Enforcement Directorate (ED) is probing the matter and “facts”. Will come to the fore

Pawar said that the auction of Jarandeshwar Sugar Mill was done following all the rules. He gave a list of 65 sugar factories, which were either sold through auction or given on contract. He claimed that some government factories were sold for Rs 3 to 10 crores, but no one talks about them.

Pawar said, “The central agency is probing the matter and the facts will come out. All other agencies in the state such as the Anti-Corruption Bureau, CID and an inquiry committee headed by a judge have already probed the allegations.

He said that the auction of Jarandeshwar Mill was done on the orders of Bombay High Court and it was sold to Guru Commodity Services Private Limited for Rs 65.75 crore. “Since the sugar factory failed to clear the dues, the court gave one year’s time and asked it to be auctioned if the dues were not paid during this period,” he said.

Pawar said that when the sugar factory could not clear the dues, the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank (MSCB) floated a tender and several companies made claims. Since Guru Commodity Services had the highest claim of Rs 65.75 crore, the bank sold the mill to that company.

The Deputy Chief Minister claimed that efforts have been made to mislead people by leveling allegations against some sugar mills.

Significantly, in July this year, the ED had attached assets worth over Rs 65 crore of Jarandeshwar SSK Sugar Mill in Chimangaon-Koregaon in Satara under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. The ED claimed that this sugar mill is linked to Pawar and his family.

Asked about Bharatiya Janata Party leader Chandrakant Patil’s allegations, the minister said he was not responsible for rising fuel prices in the state. The BJP leader had alleged that fuel prices were rising in the state due to Pawar’s non-support to bring fuel under GST.

“If the Center reduces the tax on fuel, the state government will definitely think about it,” Pawar said.

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