No diversion, Bharat Biotech Pune plant as per Bombay High Court order: Ajit Pawar

NEW DELHI: Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Monday dismissed the allegation that he has diverted a Bharat Biotech project of manufacturing COVID-19 vaccines to his home district Pune.

He said the plant was being set up in Pune following a Bombay High Court decision in this regard.

Pawar is the guardian minister of Pune.

Pawar issued a statement after BJP MLA from Nagpur Krishna Khopde reportedly alleged that the deputy CM diverted the project to his home district.

“The Bombay High Court itself ordered to allot a place in Manjari in Haveli taluka of Pune to Bharat Biotech for manufacturing vaccine against COVID-19. Being the guardian minister, I have discharged the responsibility of obeying the court,” Pawar said.

The senior NCP leader said he would have been equally happy if Bharat Biotech was allotted a space anywhere else in the state.

“Hence, Khopde’s allegation is utterly false and misleading. It’s a feeble attempt at garnering publicity for a transient period,” Pawar said.

Source: Press Trust of India

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