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Ajit Pawar refuses link with Adarsh scam

In the backdrop of an affidavit filed in Bombay HC claiming of his involvement in the Adarsh Society scandal, Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar dismissed reports linking him and his acquaintances as beneficiaries of the scam.

Updated: Apr 27, 2011, 21:56 PM IST

Mumbai: In the backdrop of an affidavit
filed in Bombay HC claiming of his involvement in the Adarsh
Society scandal, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar
dismissed reports linking him and his acquaintances as
beneficiaries of the scam.

According to the affidavit filed by former journalist
Ketan Tirodkar, two Pune-based applicants of Adarsh Housing
Society in their verification form, mentioned the same
residential address as given by Ajit Pawar`s wife in an
application she filed before a civil court in Pune in 2009.

Ajit Pawar`s wife, Sunetra, in an application before a
civil court in a property dispute, had given her residential
address as Jijai, Yashwant Ghatge Nagar Society, University
Road, Pune.

The same address had been mentioned by two applicants
of Adarsh society -- Jayashree Bhosale and Nivruti Ganpati
Bhosale -- in an undertaking, the affidavit claimed.

"I have rented the bungalow, 21-Jijai in Pune, from
Avinash Bhosale with an agreement dated July 1, 2009. The
property was in name of his (Avinash`s) father Nivrutti. His
father applied for a flat in Adarsh in 2007 when the bungalow
was on his name," Pawar said.

The agreement of the bungalow was executed in the name
of Pawar`s son Partha, who was a minor at that time. The
minister paid Rs 5 crore as deposit and the agreement will
remain in force till June 2014.

Initially, Avinash Bhosale`s sister-in-law Jayshree
had applied for a membership to Adarsh society which was
rejected. So, his father applied later and was allotted the
flat, Pawar said.

"I have all transactions on paper about the bungalow
and will show it to CBI during the enquiry," the minister
said.

The court has asked CBI to look into this aspect too.

PTI