Social activist and National Alliance of People’s Movement (NAPM) leader Medha Patkar on Friday demanded resignation of Union Agriculture minister Sharad Pawar.
“The scandals which were already investigated and prosecution initiated also are to be re-viewed in the renewed context and taken to a conclusion,’ she said in a statement.
NAPM exposed the Lavasa city scandal and former IPS officer YP Singh, who came out Thursday with the allegation of Arvind Kejriwal concealing charges against Sharad Pawar, has been the lawyer of the movement in this case.
“In case of Lavasa, a politician of the stature of Sharad Pawar and his family members, Supriya Sule and her husband Sadanand Sule have invested crores of rupees and erected more than 250 buildings in the Mosey River Valley without the legally mandated clearance from the center in close collaboration with the Lavasa City Corporation,” said Patkar.
“Twenty-two per cent of the shares of Lavasa Corporation Limited were owned by Supriya Sule and her husband when these illegalities and irregularities occurred. They can claim their innocence since they sold their shares, but the fact remains that they benefited from this illegality and equally share responsibility when the corrupt and illegal land diversions took place. They used their political influence to benefit LCC and accord all clearances,” she said.
“The Maharashtra Government has taken some action such as filing a criminal case against the 15 office bearers of Lavasa, but it has failed to act against the politicians including Ajit Pawar who is already implicated in the irrigation scam recently exposed,” said the NAPM leader.