Sugar Scam: Bombay High Court Asks Anna Hazare To File An FIR First
Social activist Anna Hazare was today advised by Bombay High Court to first register case in the alleged sugar industry scam.
The division headed by Justice Abhay Oka was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by the anti-crusader. The next hearing for the case is on February 13 before which Hazare will have to register the case.
The petition claims to outline all the circumstances connecting these persons and their aides and associates to the illegal sale of the 47 cooperative sugar factories and asks for transparent and fair investigation of the matter.
There are 24 respondents including Sharad Pawar’s nephew Ajit Pawar, Ministry of Agriculture, Maharashtra government among others.
WHAT THE PETITION SAID:
1. Hazare had claimed in his petition that the scam involving the sugar factories had taken back the state by 50 years as it had caused a loss of Rs 10,000 crores to the state exchequer.
2. There were four committees set up by state government to look into why these industries were going sick had recommended greater accountability and transparency but it was never implemented.
3. It has copies of Comptroller and Auditor General’s reports of 2007 along with performance reports of sugar factories in Maharashtra apart from audit reports of MSCB by charted accountants.
4. All the strings were pulled by the political heavyweight Sharad Pawar who was then the Agriculture minister at the Centre.
5. It also adds that most of the sugar factories have been sold to the politicians who are associates of Sharad Pawar.