Will not visit ED for now: Sharad Pawar after meeting Mumbai Police officials

The Asian Age.

India, All India

Sharad Pawar has appealed to NCP workers not to gather outside the office of the Enforcement Directorate.

Earlier this week, Sharad Pawar was named in a money laundering case and NCP workers staged protests in Mumbai. (Photo: File)

Mumbai: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar, who declared that he would go the Enforcement Directorate office on Friday, cancelled his visit citing law and order situation.

Hours before Pawar’s expected visit, the probe agency wrote to Pawar that "there is no need for him" to come. It also said if there was any requirement in future, "we will inform you".

Security had been tightened for the visit amid NCP protests and large gatherings had been banned around the Enforcement Directorate's office in South Mumbai.

Pawar has been named in a complaint on Rs 25,000-crore scam involving the sanction of loans illegally by the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank. The police FIR doesn’t list him as an accused.

On Wednesday, Pawar had said he would go to the probe agency himself to clarify his position before getting busy with next month’s elections in the state. He said: "I would have been surprised had such action not been taken against me after the kind of response I receive during my visits to various districts of the state."

On Friday, Rahul Gandhi came out in his support and said the case naming Pawar just before the October 21 Maharashtra elections smacked of "political opportunism" by a "vindictive government".