A day after he was booked by ED in money laundering case , NCP supremo Sharad Pawar has said he will ‘voluntarily’ visit the Enforcement Directorate office on September 27 in connection with a money laundering case filed against him by the agency in the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank scam.
The former Union minister put up a brave face, saying Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s Maharashtra will not ‘bow before the throne of Delhi’.
Pawar said he believes in the ‘Constitution of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’ and hence, will extend full co-operation to the ED and enjoy the probe agency’s ‘hospitality.
He questioned the timing of the ED move, which comes days before the October 21 assembly polls.
Pawar is the second prominent politician from the state to be faced with the ED probe.
On August 22, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray was grilled by the agency in a money laundering case.
“I will be mostly out of Mumbai for the Assembly poll campaign. The ED officials shouldn’t misunderstand that I am unavailable. I will go to the agency’s office in Mumbai and give them whatever information they want,” Pawar told reporters in Mumbai.