Mumbai Police impose Section 144 in south Mumbai ahead of Sharad Pawar’s planned visit to ED, NCP vows to defy police order


The Mumbai Police on Thursday banned large gatherings a large part of south Mumbai on Friday ahead of NCP stalwart Sharad Pawar’s planned visit to the ED office. Although the Enforcement Directorate has not summoned him in connection with a corruption case in the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank, Pawar said that he will present himself for questioning voluntarily since he will soon get busy with the election campaign.

Sharad Pawar

The Mumbai Police tweeted on Thursday night, “Dear Mumbaikars! Please be advised that prohibitory orders have been issued u/s 144 CrPC for the following jurisdictions. 1. Colaba PS 2. Cuffe Parade PS 3. Marine Drive PS 4. Azad Maidan PS 5. Dongri PS 6. JJ Marg PS 7. MRA Marg PS.”

Reacting to the news of a ban by the Mumbai Police, the NCP said that it will defy the police order. NCP leader Jitendra Awhad wrote, “U try level best to stop us. We will reach. U do ur duty. We will do our duty.”

The ED’s Mumbai office is located in Ballad Estate in the southern part of the city. Pawar had tweeted on Thursday, “As mentioned during my press conference yesterday, I will be visiting the Mumbai ED office at Ballard Estate tomorrow, Friday 27 September, at 14.00 hrs.” His subsequent tweet had read, “I appeal to all my NCP cadre and supporters not to gather near the ED office premises. Keeping our tradition to honour the constitution and respect for institutions, I request your co-operation to the police and other government agencies.”

Several NCP leaders are named in the Rs 25,000-crore scam in the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank, Pawar has not been named in the police FIR.


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