Reacting to the Enforcement Directorate probe against him, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar on Tuesday said he will “welcome” and “enjoy” the jail, if sent to, in the money laundering case.
“I have no problem if I am sent to jail. I will enjoy it instead as I have never experienced it. If someone is thinking to put me behind bars in this case, I will rather welcome it,” Pawar told reporters.
Asked if he has been named in the money laundering case as he is vocal against the government on several issues, Pawar sarcastically said that he will have to contact Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis to know the reason.
Pawar asserted that he will continue campaigning for the party in the assembly elections.
The NCP chief and his nephew Ajit Pawar and others were named in an Enforcement Case Information Report in connection with the Rs 5,000 crore Maharashtra State Co-operative Bank scam case.
Apart from Pawars, Diliprao Deshmukh, Isharlal Jain, Jayant Patil, Shivaji Rao Nalvade, Anand Rao Adsul, Rajendra Shingane, Madan Patil and some others have been named in the case.
The investigation has been initiated based on the FIR registered by the Economic Offences Wing of Mumbai Police following directions from the Bombay high court, ED sources said.