MumbaiDue to the MSCB scam of 25 thousand crore rupees, about three lakh farmers of Maharashtra have been affected. Information has been received from sources that this number may increase further. ED has come to know in their investigation that the accused directors and leaders of Maharashtra State Co-Operative Bank together have cheated the farmers in this whole case.
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The farmers were associated with the Sugar Mills Co-operative Society in many ways. When this mill was being built in Maharashtra, many farmers had given their land for the construction of the mill. In return, they were given shares in the mill. But the co-operative wrongly sold this mill to private dummy companies at a throwaway price. After this the accused director of MSCB bought or took these sugar mills on lease. Due to which these farmers also lost their share and this mill became private.
If sources are to be believed, it has also come to the fore in the investigation that when this sugar mill was not sold, the farmers had got the contract that they would cultivate only sugarcane and they would sell it to these sugar mills. Here, these farmers used to get 10 to 30 percent more than the MSP of these sugarcane and this money (additional) used to go to the cooperative sugar mill from the central government. Which used to be transferred to MDCB, but the directors, officials and leaders associated with the bank used to use those money for their own benefit instead of giving it to the farmers.
Troubles of Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar increased
The way the ED is probing the MSCB scam, it is as if the troubles of Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar are increasing. Recently ED found that the sugar mill Jarandeshwar SSK was bought by a shell company named Guru Commoditis for 65.75 crores and then Guru Commoditis leased it to Jarandeshwar Private Limited. It is alleged that this company is associated with Ajit Pawar, after this the company took a loan of 750 crores from MSCB on Jarandeshwar SSK.
Now the ED is probing 13 more similar mills who have taken loans worth crores of rupees by using the same method. It is also alleged that these 13 mills also have links of Ajit Pawar and his relatives. The names of some of these 13 mills are Ambika and Jai Jawan Jai Kisan Mills of Pune Region, Jagdamba Sugar Mills of Ahmednagar, Puspantri Sugar Mills of Nandurbar and Kannada Sugar Mills of Aurangabad. ED is closely investigating the loans for purchase, sale and denial of these mills.
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