“The three sisters have no association with any companies. They are middle-class people, one is in the publishing business, one is a doctor, one is a housewife. I don’t want to speak more on this now, but I have never seen such things happening earlier. We also were in power but vindictiveness was never our culture. The BJP though has a different opinion on this,” he added.
Pawar said the I-T department found nothing in their homes and claimed that the I-T officials conducting the raid told his nieces that they have been told to stay put (in their homes) and conduct the raids.Pawar brought up the issue of CBI raids on former minister Anil Deshmukh and questioned why the investigating agencies had raided the latter’s residence ‘five times’. He took on the NCB for carrying out raids in the state saying that the agency had little to show for its efforts. “They (NCB) have been here (Mumbai) for a while. They have caught people with small quantities of drugs, like in grams. At the same time, the state’s agencies (Anti Narcotics Cell) have confiscated more quantities of drugs. This clearly shows that the state’s agency is doing an honest and straightforward job while the NCB is trying to show the Centre that it is doing something here,” he said.On the cruise party drug raid, Pawar slammed the agency saying, “In any raid, the ‘panch’ witness has to be of a good character so that his integrity is not doubtful. However, here we have R Gosavi who is an absconder. It is clearly seen the kind of people the top officials are in touch with when they have got people like Gosavi as their ‘panchas’.”
Source: Economic Times