A day after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) attached assets worth Rs 65.75 crore belonging to Jarandeshwar sugar factory in Satara district in connection with the money laundering case involving Maharashtra State Co-operative (MSC) Bank saying that a firm linked to state deputy chief minister and senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar and his wife Sunetra was involved in the case, Pawar in his first reaction said the sale of sugar factory took place on the directions of the Bombay High Court.
He denied any links with the Guru Commodities which bagged the contract in the bidding process to run the factory.
‘’The allegations against me are politically motivated. The Jarandeshwar case has already been investigated by various agencies. But nothing came out of it. Therefore, politics is being done consciously. The future of many workers depends on this factory. Therefore, the directors of the company will go to court after consulting the lawyers,’’ said Pawar.
The BVG Group had asked the Guru Commodities to run the Jarandeshwar sugar factory. Many such factories are allowed to run. But, unfortunately the BVG Group, which had hired the factory to run for 30 to 35 years, incurred a loss of Rs 5 crore in their first year. Thereafter, the company later was taken over by Rajendra Ghadge who is my relative. Thereafter, it reported a loss. The factory was later expanded with all necessary approvals. A loan has been taken for this and it is being repaid,” said Pawar.