Citing Law and Order situation, Sharad Pawar drops plan to visit ED office

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, who had declared that he would go to the Enforcement Directorate office in Mumbai on Friday dropped his plan citing law and order situation.

NCP workers had staged protests in Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra when Pawar was named in a money laundering case earlier this week.

Police have imposed prohibitory orders outside the ED’s office ahead of Pawar’s visit to the agency office today.

But hours before Pawar’s expected visit to the ED office, the probe agency sent him an email that there was no need for him to come.

Pawar in a series of tweets made an announcement that he would not visit ED office today.

“I had emailed a letter yesterday, intimating the Enforcement Directorate of my visit to their office. In response to my letter, the authority (ED) informed me that my presence in not required today and I will be duly informed if required, in relation to above mentioned matter,” Pawar said.

He further said, “In this context, the senior police officers from Mumbai Police personally met and apprised me about law and order situation in Mumbai and Maharashtra State, which they felt would lead to some disturbance and therefore requested me to avoid today’s visit.”

“Considering the above request and to avoid any kind of inconvenience to the common man in Maharashtra, I have decided to not visit to the ED office,” he added.