Maharashtra's Anti-Corruption Bureau has given a clean chit to Nationalist Congress Party leader and former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar in the Vidarbha irrigation scam.
The ACB, in its affidavit submitted in the Nagpur Bench of the Bombay high court, has ruled out Pawar's involvement in cases of alleged irregularities in irrigation projects in the Vidarbha region.
The affidavit was submitted on November 27, a day before the Maha Vikas Aghadi government of the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress was sworn-in the state on November 28.
The court had asked the ACB to clarify its stand on the role of Pawar, a former water resources development minister, in these cases.
Pawar had also served as chairman of the Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation, which had cleared irrigation projects in which irregularities were alleged.