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Central Agencies Being Misused: Sharad Pawar

NCP president Sharad Pawar aimed at the Centre, claiming that central agencies such as the Central Bureau of Investigation, the Enforcement Directorate, and the Narcotics Control Bureau are being utilised to target Maharashtra’s opposition parties.

Sharad Pawar went on to say that these changes are taking place to guarantee that political opponents are “defamed” through the use of government agencies. Pawar made these remarks at a news conference in Maharashtra, where his party shares power with the Shiv Sena and the Congress. The NCP leader’s comments come only days after the Internal Revenue Service searched certain businesses related to Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar. According to Sharad Pawar, the agencies’ officers have been conducting raids for the sixth day.

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The NCP head also mentioned the example of former Maharashtra home minister and NCP leader Anil Deshmukh, who is being investigated by federal authorities on numerous allegations. According to Sharad Pawar, Deshmukh had to resign (as Maharashtra’s home minister) because of charges levelled against him by former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh.

A responsible officer, on the other hand, never raises charges against a responsible minister. However, Anil Deshmukh resigned, and he is facing several charges. And he (Singh) has gotten away. “This is the distinction,” the NCP president continued. In April of this year, he was charged under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act after a police inspector filed a complaint. He made a jab at the BJP, saying that the party’s leaders are at the forefront of defending the government agencies.

The NCP leader went on to say that during his 54-year parliamentary career, he had roughly 26 years of administrative duties and had strong connections with the administration, whether he was in the opposition or the government. “We never shown power arrogance,” the former Union minister remarked.

He also went after the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), claiming that the Mumbai Police’s Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) had done a better job than the central agency, which had lately undertaken several raids, including on some high-profile persons. Apart from the recent drugs bust on board a cruise ship off the coast of Mumbai, which resulted in the arrest of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, NCB’s Mumbai zonal director Sameer Wankhede last year investigated a drug case linked to actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, as well as several other narcotics-related cases involving high-profile people.

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During Wankhede’s time at the airport, Sharad Pawar stated he learned of “additional occurrences.” However, the NCP leader did not detail, claiming that he did not have all of the facts. Wankhede, an IRS official, had previously worked at the Mumbai airport. Sharad Pawar commented on the recent death of four farmers in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri area, saying, “The governing party (BJP) has maintained that there is no truth in this from the beginning (killing of farmers). The chief minister of Uttar Pradesh cannot clear himself of guilt for failing to act against the crime.”

Farmers were killed after being struck by cars purportedly carrying BJP workers, following which an angry crowd allegedly murdered some of those in the vehicles. Ashish Mishra, the son of Union Minister of State for Home Ajay Mishra, was detained by police in Lakhimpur Kheri on Saturday night in connection with the October 3 incident. Pawar also asked that Union Minister Ajay Mishra quit.

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