No need to come to our office: ED tells Pawar

No need to come to our office: ED tells Pawar

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has sent an e-mail stating that Sharad Pawar is not required to visit the office today, according to NCP leader Nawab Malik. The authority added that when required, they will intimate him.

Pawar, named in a money-laundering case by the ED in connection with a scam at Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank, has said he will visit the ED office, even though it has not summoned him yet.

"As mentioned during my press conference yesterday, I will be visiting the Mumbai ED office at Ballard Estate tomorrow, Friday 27 September, at 14.00 hrs. @MumbaiPolice @NCPspeaks," Pawar had tweeted.

"I appeal to all my NCP cadre and supporters not to gather near the ED office premises," he said.

Pawar has appealed party workers not to gather outside the ED office. NCP workers had staged protests in Mumbai earlier when the ED named Sharad Pawar in the case.

Anticipating similar protests on Friday, orders prohibiting movement of groups of people under section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure have been imposed outside the ED office, a police official said on Thursday night.

"State NCP's office is in the same are and there is a possibility that large number of NCP supporters would gather during Pawar's visit," he said.

A late night communication from the police said that prohibitory orders have also been imposed under the jurisdictions of Colaba, Cuffe Parade, Marine Drive, Dongri, Azad Maidan, J J Marg and MRA Marg police stations.

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