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Minister pressured me over tender sanctioning, claims govt official

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

A government has alleged that of State for Home pressured him over sanctioning of a tender for an infrastructure project, a charge denied by the

Subhash Pawar, of Zilla Parishad (ZP), also alleged that the threatened to "frame" him if he did not sanction the tender.

denied the allegations and said that he had only sought an explanation from the for the delay in addressing people's grievances.

Patil, who is from the BJP, is also Minister of district in eastern

Pawar wrote a letter to state Rural Development Ministry's on February 12 giving details of the "incident", which he claimed, occurred during a janata darbar (public hearing) organised by

Pawar today confirmed that he had written the letter but declined to offer any comments.

In his letter, Pawar wrote he was representing the chief executive of the ZP at the janata darbar organised by Patil on February 12.

"Patil pressured me over sanctioning some tender related to the of the

"When I pointed out to him that such a sanctioning would be against the rules, Patil angrily scolded me and said he knows how to frame me," Pawar stated in the letter.

"Patil used unparliamentary language against me and insulted me before the people (present at the hearing)," the claimed.

"My 25 years of service has been free of any blot. The entire incident has put be under pressure and demoralised me. I wish to opt for VRS (voluntary retirement scheme)," Pawar wrote in the letter.

When contacted, Patil said he had only asked the official to explain the delay in addressing the grievances of people.

"Since we aim to address 100 per cent of the complaints that we receive (at janata darbar), we have to ask questions of the officials concerned in front of people (who come to attend such hearings).

"At no point of time was the pressured into doing anything illegal," Patil told

In fact, the pendency of cases had been mounting under this officer, which was intolerable, he alleged.

"Despite giving him 15 days to come up with answers to people's problems, he shirked his responsibility and tried to pass the buck to his subordinate. Thus, he was reprimanded for failing to do his duty," Patil said.

The Janata darbar is a weekly event where department heads are supposed to come up with replies and explanations on issues raised by common citizens, said the minister.

Patil also denied using unparliamentary language against the official.

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First Published: Wed, February 14 2018. 21:55 IST