Ajit Pawar said he was told that Raju Shetti, who lost in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, cannot be nominated as an MLC through the governor’s quota.
Khadse, 68, who left the BJP to join the Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) late last year has been questioned by the ED in this case, concerning a land deal, in the past.
The ED, which sought extension of Girish Chaudhari's custody, argued in its application that the duo, therefore, could not have legally purchased this land near Bhosri in Pune district.
“Therefore, as per matter of fact and in legal terms, the content of Zoting commission report is null and void now. The case has gone further.
Talking to reporters outside the ED's office here, Khadse also claimed that the inquiry against him was started because he quit the BJP.
Khadse, 68, told reporters outside the Enforcement Directorate (ED) zonal office in Ballard Estate area of south Mumbai that the probe in the case is "politically motivated".
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In his statement to the ED, Girish Chaudhary has said that he and his mother-in-law purchased the land for Rs 3.75 crore.
The NCP, too, maintained there was nothing political about Fadnavis’ visit, with party chief spokesperson Nawab Malik saying the Maha Vikas Aghadi under Uddhav Thackeray was going strong.
He also said that Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has "washing powder" using which he "cleans" such leaders.
BJP insiders that he might be given the portfolio of Public Works Department.