Irrigation Scam

  • BJP demands independent CBI, ED probe into irrigation scam June 18, 2014

    Pune: The BJP has demanded an independent investigation by the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) into alleged irregular financial transactions worth Rs 20,000 crore which fell outside the scope of the Chitale Committee, which probed the irrigation scam in Maharashtra. Accusing Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan of shielding then...
  • Maharashtra irrigation scam: Madhav Chitale committee report tabled in Assembly June 15, 2014

    Mumbai: The report prepared by Madhav Chitale committee, appointed by Maharashtra government to probe the Rs 70,000 crore irrigation scam, was tabled before the state Assembly on Saturday. The panel also tabled an action taken report before the Assembly. The Opposition in Assembly, BJP was quick to target the Congress-NCP combine over...
  • Maharashtra irrigation scam report submitted to CM March 1, 2014

    Mumbai: The Maharashtra irrigation scam report has been submitted to the state Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan. The Chitale committee looked into 19 irrigation projects. Sources say the report does not name or indict any individual politician. The Chitale committee had no powers to summon any officials or politicians for questioning...
  • Maharashtra Cabinet clears irrigation cost escalation worth Rs 622 cr January 9, 2014

    Mumbai: The Maharashtra Cabinet has cleared a cost escalation worth Rs 622 crore in the existing 147 irrigation projects across the state. The decision was taken at an acrimonious Cabinet meeting, where the alliance partner, the NCP, led by Ajit Pawar attacked Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan for paralysis in decision...
  • Maharashtra irrigation scam whistle-blower Vijay Pandhare joins AAP December 1, 2013

    The Aam Aadmi Party got a boost in Maharashtra with Vijay Pandhare, former bureaucrat and whistle-blower in the multi-billion rupees irrigation scam, joining the Arvind Kejriwal-led outfit on Sunday. Pandhare, an acknowledged expert in irrigation, retired from government service on Saturday. Asked of his plunge into politics, the soft-spoken and mild-mannered Pandhare...
  • Irrigation scam: BJP accuses Prithviraj Chavan of cover-up under NCP pressure October 3, 2013

    Mumbai: Opposition BJP on Thursday accused Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan of doing a U-turn on the mandate of a committee probing the irrigation scam under pressure from alliance partner NCP and demanded the panel be brought under the Commission of Inquiry Act. "Chavan had promised that the Madhav Chitale committee...
  • Ajit to meet PM, seek money to complete irrigation projects May 30, 2013

    Mumbai: Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Thursday said the state would demand financial aid from the Centre to complete incomplete irrigation projects. He would be having a meeting in this regard with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Finance Minister P Chidambaram and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar in Delhi on...
  • Irrigation scam probe should reach its logical end: Maharashtra CM May 1, 2013

    Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has refused to give a clean chit to senior politicians who are accused of taking kickbacks in major projects. Speaking to CNN-IBN's Smitha Nair, he took a strong stand on the issue saying the probe should reach its logical conclusion. ...
  • Irrigation scam: Maha CM refuses to give clean chit to politicians May 1, 2013

    Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has refused to give a clean chit to senior politicians who are accused of taking kickbacks in major projects. He has taken a strong stand on the issue saying the probe should reach its logical conclusion. He was speaking to CNN-IBN's Smitha Nair. Below is...
  • HC rejects objections against Vidarbha irrigation scam April 25, 2013

    Nagpur: The Bombay High Court on Wednesday rejected preliminary objections raised by Maharashtra government's Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation (VIDC), under the scanner for alleged corruption, against two PILs seeking probe into the matter. The court's Nagpur bench is hearing two PILs on the alleged scam, seeking a probe by CBI...
  • Maharashtra irrigation scam: Medha names Ajit Pawar, Gadkari April 20, 2013

    Social activist Medha Patkar is alleging fresh evidence in the Maharashtra Irrigation Scam. She has alleged Income Tax raids at the Mahalakshmi Infraprojects Limited uncovered proof of kickbacks being paid to the tune of Rs 44 crore. ...
  • Maha irrigation scam: Ajit Pawar, Gadkari involved, says Medha Patkar April 19, 2013

    Mumbai: Social activist Medha Patkar has claimed to have fresh evidence in the Maharashtra Irrigation Scam. She has alleged that Income Tax raids at the Mahalakshmi Infraprojects Limited uncovered proof of kickbacks being paid to the tune of Rs 44 crore. The Income tax assessment report cites documents showing unexplained payments...
  • CAG indicts Maha govt over delayed irrigation projects April 18, 2013

    Mumbai: The CAG report on irrigation projects was tabled in the Maharashtra Assembly on Thursday. The CAG slammed the Maharashtra government over incomplete irrigation projects, saying it has led to cost overruns of around Rs 27,000 crore in a finding that could raise questions on the role of NCP and...
  • Rs 70,000 cr spent on Maha irrigation project, but no results March 15, 2013

    Parbhani: After spending almost Rs 70,000 crore, the government's irrigation plan for Maharashtra seems to reaped no results. CNN-IBN's Smitha Nair travelled to the Nimna Dhudhna irrigation project site set up in 1979, which is still incomplete despite a 50 time cost jump. Much like leaking pipelines in water-scarce Marathwada, the...
  • Maharashtra govt announces SIT to probe irrigation scam January 1, 2013

    Mumbai: Maharashtra government on Monday announced a Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by leading water expert Madhav Chitale to probe into the alleged multi-crore irrigation scam. The committee will also comprise of three retired bureaucrats and would submit its report in six months. The announcement of setting up the SIT was made...
  • Irrigation scam: Maharashtra agrees to conduct SIT probe December 17, 2012

    Mumbai: The Maharashtra government on Monday agreed to conduct a SIT probe into the irrigation scam in the state. The team will be headed by water expert Madhav Chitale and modalities will be finalised by December 30. The announcement was made by Water Resources Minister Sunil Tatkare in the Assembly. Sources...
  • Ajit Pawar sworn in as Maharashtra Deputy CM December 7, 2012

    Mumbai: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar, who had resigned as the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra over the irrigation scam, was re-inducted into the state Cabinet as he took oath on Friday morning. The BJP and the Shiv Sena have boycotted the swearing-in ceremony. Governor K Sankaranarayanan administered...
  • Ajit Pawar to take oath as Maharashtra Deputy CM December 7, 2012

    Mumbai: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar, who had resigned as the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra over the irrigation scam, will be re-inducted into the state Cabinet and take oath on Friday. Pawar will be taking oath at 9:30 am on Friday at the Governor's residence. Meanwhile, the...
  • Ajit Pawar to be re-inducted into Maharshtra Cabinet December 6, 2012

    Mumbai: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar, who had recently resigned as the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra over the irrigation scam, will be re-inducted into the state Cabinet on Friday morning. The decision to re-induct Ajit Pawar in the Maharashtra Cabinet has come days after the White Paper on...
  • Book Ajit Pawar, Sunil Tatkare under PoCA: BJP December 3, 2012

    Mumbai: Opposition BJP on Monday demanded that former Maharashtra deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar and Water Resources Minister Sunil Tatkare be booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act and an SIT probe be launched against them for their alleged role in the irrigation scam. "There is enough proof to show that...
  • Kejriwal holds rally at Roha, hits out at Maharashtra govt December 2, 2012

    Mumbai/Roha: Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said the White Paper on irrigation, brought out by the Maharashtra government, was "an attempt to absolve NCP leader Ajit Pawar of all the corruption charges against him". Addressing a well-attended rally at Roha in neighbouring Raigad district, his first public...
  • Irrigation scam: Arvind Kejriwal to release Black Paper December 2, 2012

    Mumbai: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal will release a "Black Paper" on Sunday on the Maharashtra irrigation projects. Kejriwal will release the Black Paper in Roha in Maharashtra - political stronghold of state Irriagation Minister Sunil Tatkare. Kejriwal is releasing the Black Paper in response to the...
  • Irrigation scam: NCP demands re-induction of Ajit Pawar November 30, 2012

    The White Paper on irrigation projects, which was tabled in the Cabinet on Thursday, has virtually given a clean chit to former irrigation minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar. Following, which the party is demanding Pawar's re-induction in the Cabinet. He had resigned from the post of...
  • White Paper on irrigation scam tabled: Maharashtra CM November 30, 2012

    Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Thursday said that the White Paper on the irrigation scam in the state has been tabled in the Cabinet. The Maharashtra Chief Minister said that the White Paper gives details of all irrigation projects under the corporations. Chavan further said that the reasons why...
  • 'White paper on Maha irrigation scam counters corruption charges' November 29, 2012

    Mumbai: The much awaited white paper on the Irrigation scam will be submitted before the Maharashtra cabinet on Thursday. Sources say the water resources ministry has countered charges of corruption in irrigation projects by listing project-wise reasons for cost overruns and delays. Sources say the ministry has claimed an increase in...
  • White paper on Maharashtra Irrigation scam tomorrow November 28, 2012

    Mumbai: A white paper on the Maharashtra irrigation scam will be submitted in the state cabinet on Thursday. Sources say the Water Resources Ministry has countered charges of corruption in irrigation projects by listing project wise reasons for cost overruns and delays. This virtually gives a clean chit to former Deputy...
  • Irrigation scam: Central water panel writes to Maharashtra October 31, 2012

    Mumbai: The Central Water Commission has written to the state Water Resources Ministry asking it to furnish full details of all contracts (above Rs 1 crore) awarded in the 17 irrigation projects in Maharashtra that are partly funded by the Central government. The letter seeks details of works awarded, beginning...
  • Vidarbha land was given to us as per law: Gadkari October 20, 2012

    New Delhi: BJP president Nitin Gadkari has defended himself against any wrongdoing in land deals in Vidarbha. Activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal had alleged that the BJP president's factories are robbing farmers of their land and irrigation water in Maharashtra. He accused Gadkari of grabbing farmers' land and corruption in collusion with...
  • Maharashtra politicians appear to back Gadkari October 19, 2012

    Mumbai: The Maharashtra political class seems to have closed ranks behind BJP President Nitin Gadkari. The latest has been support from Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray, who has said that the corruption charges against Gadkari were the result of a conspiracy hatched by India Against Corruption activists Arvind Kejriwal and...
  • Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray backs Gadkari October 19, 2012

    Mumbai: After NCP chief Sharad Pawar, BJP President Nitin Gadkari also found support from Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray. In an editorial in 'Saamna', Shiv Sena's party magazine, Bal Thackeray has come out in support of BJP leader Nitin Gadkari, just two days after he was charged with corruption by...