NP News 24 Pune: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is an autonomous body and if they need, they can question the ones who recently joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as well, said State Revenue Minister and Pune District Guardian Minister Chandrakant Patil.
“In our country, organisations like the ED, Army, Election Commission (EC), courts and Income Tax Department are autonomous bodies. No one is immediately questioned by the ED. It requires them 2 to 3 years to properly conduct the probe and get the warrant to question or to make a raid. It is not that easy,” the State revenue minister said.
“Just because we get angry with someone over political differences, we won’t send the ED for that. It is not that simple. Even though, BJP is in power it is the ED that decides whom to question as it is autonomous,” Patil further added.
Patil was referring to the recent questioning of MNS chief Raj Thackeray as many party workers are angry with the government and feel that the BJP is misusing their power and misusing the ED to go after the Opposition leaders.
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) supremo Sharad Pawar had also said this in his speeches in the past months when many NCP leaders left the Party and joined the BJP.
Chandrakant Patil was speaking while announcing the norms and regulations during the Ganesh festival celebrations in the city. He urged the Ganesh mandala to follow the rules laid down by the police and informed that DJs won’t play music in the city during the festival.
He also warned that strict action will be taken against the mandals if they are found to be violating the rules.