Pune: Former Union agriculture minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo Sharad Pawar, on Tuesday, criticised the police department’s action against the Bank of Maharashtra (BoM) officials.
He was speaking after a function organised by the Akhil Bharatiya Maratha Shikshan Parishad in the city. Pawar said, “The police in undue hurry arrested BoM Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) Ravindra Marathe. It is an unlawful act.”
Pawar felicitated Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) toppers at the Anantrao Pawar College of Engineering. Later, addressing the media, he said, “The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has rights to take action against banks. However, the police were over-vigilant in the case of BoM officials. It is clear that they have misused their power.”
Recently, three BoM senior officials were arrested by the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Pune police for their alleged role in the multi-crore DSK fraud case. Besides Ravindra Marathe, BoM Executive Director RK Gupta and Zonal Manager Nityanand Deshpande were also held.
Now, people are openly criticising the police department for the unlawful action. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has also taken a personal interest in the issue. He is also disappointed with the police action.
On Emergency, Pawar said, “The issue of Emergency during then PM Indira Gandhi’s tenure is being discussed now. It has been 44 years. During Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s government, the Emergency was not discussed. Since the BJP government has failed in the past four years, they are highlighting the Emergency.”
Speaking on the Rajshree Shahu Maharaj memorial issue, he said, “The memorial has not been completed in the past 10 years. Only those who followed Shahu Maharaj and Mahatma Phule’s progressive thoughts can complete the memorial.”