Probe doable solely after Home Minister’s resignation, says BJP chief.
A day after a letter allegedly written by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh levelled charges of ‘extortion’ in opposition to Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, BJP’s Leader of Opposition and former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis demanded that Mr. Deshmukh resign instantly.
Mr. Fadnavis additional alleged that former Maharashtra Director General of Police (DGP) Subodh Jaiswal, too, had submitted an intensive report back to the Chief Minister wherein he allegedly pointed to rampant corruption inside the State Home Department.
“Param Bir Singh’s letter is not the first one to expose irregularities within the State Home Department. Subodh Jaiswal, too, had submitted an extensive report on this to the Chief Minister raising issues regarding functioning of the Home Department in which he highlighted the racket of transfers within the Police Department and the exchange of money. He had submitted this report along with transcripts,” stated the BJP chief, talking in Nagpur on Sunday.
Remarking that the collection of incidents after the arrest of Assistant Police Inspector (API) Sachin Vaze in reference to the safety scare exterior industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s residence had forged aspersions on the functioning of the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) authorities, Mr. Fadnavis stated the BJP demanded a court-monitored inquiry and that it could carry on agitating till Mr. Deshmukh submitted his resignation.
The former Chief Minister additional stated the matter couldn’t be satisfactorily investigated until Mr. Deshmukh stays on his publish and that the latter would first must resign.
“Param Bir Singh’s letter contains irrefutable evidence. So, one cannot simply ignore it. At the same time, an impartial inquiry can only be possible after the Home Minister resigns. Today, the question is who runs this Department? Mr. Deshmukh or his colleague in the Shiv Sena, Anil Parab,” Mr. Fadnavis stated, including that a number of unfastened ends within the Antilia bomb scare affair needed to be probed.
Hitting out at Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, Mr. Fadnavis accused the previous of making an attempt to defend Mr. Deshmukh.
“I cannot blame Mr. Pawar as he is the creator of this [tripartite MVA] alliance. So, he is bound to defend Mr. Deshmukh and try and save this government. His press conference [in New Delhi] was mere window-dressing,” Mr. Fadnavis stated.
Terming the allegations levelled in opposition to Mr. Deshmukh “serious”, the NCP chief had stated Mr. Thackeray had full authority to take a call on the matter.
When questioned whether or not the BJP was making an attempt to destabilise the MVA in Maharashtra, Mr. Pawar stated: “I don’t know whether efforts are being made or not to topple the government. All I can say is that they will have no impact on the government.”
Countering Mr. Pawar’s statements, Mr. Fadnavis asserted that the NCP chief, in his press convention, had forgotten to state that Mr. Vaze had been reinstated on the behest of Mr. Thackeray and Mr. Deshmukh.
Mr. Fadnavis’ demand for Mr. Deshmukh’s resignation was echoed by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray, who demanded the Centre’s intervention within the affair whereas stating that the MVA authorities headed by his cousin Uddhav Thackeray was “incapable” of dealing with the matter.