According to Mr Khadse, during the Nagpur session last year, the minister had stated that a special SIT would be instituted to investigate the inordinate delay in the completion of a slew of irrigation projects, resulting in heavy losses to the state exchequer.
Instead of SIT, the minister went ahead and set up an inquiry committee to probe into the financial irregularities in the irrigation projects, Mr Khadse said.
Even the terms of reference has been changed from what was promised on the floor of the House, the BJP leader said.
The SIT probe was headed by Madhav Chitale, an irrigation expert.
While the state reels under drought the irrigation scandal has brought huge embarrassment to the government as Opposition Shiv Sena-BJP combine is leaving no stone unturned to take on the state government for the time and cost overruns, and the loss to the state exchequer.
In December last year, the government had announced a SIT probe bowing to pressure from the Opposition, which had stalled the state legislature for several days demanding thorough investigation into the alleged scam.
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