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Two days after swearing-in, Dy CM Ajit Pawar gets clean chit in irrigation scam case

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Mumbai: The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Monday gave a clean chit in some of cases allegedly involving Maharstra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, official sources said here.

The ACB has closed the investigations into at least nine cases in which Ajit Pawar was allegedly involved – though it is not clear if he was directly named on the first day of the new government taking office, 48 hours after it was sworn-in early on Saturday.

These nine cases pertain to big and small irrigation projects in Washim, Yavatmal, Amravati and Buldhana of the Vidarbha region, according to a notification issued by the ACB, Mumbai.

The cases, among others, collectively known as the Rs 70,000 crore ”irrigation scam” were allegedly perpetrated around 10 years ago and had created a massive political furore in the past, with the Bharatiya Janata Party, Shiv Sena, Aam Aadmi Party and others raising it regularly.

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Sachin Pilot sacked as Deputy Chief Minister, also removed from party post

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After the rebellion of Sachin Pilot in Rajasthan and Monday’s efforts of Manmunwala, the party high command has dismissed Sachin Pilot as Deputy Chief Minister. He has also been removed from the post of party president.

In place of the pilot, Education Minister Govind Singh Dotasara has been made the state president. Apart from Sachin Pilot, Vishvendra Singh and Ramesh Meena have been dismissed from the cabinet.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala announced the removal of Sachin Pilot from the post of state minister as well as minister.

Surjewal said that along with the pilot, Vishvendra Singh and Ramesh Meena are also being removed from the post of ministers. Surjewala said that the Congress MLAs were demanding action against Pilot.

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