NCP chief moots probe by former Mumbai police chief Ribeiro into ‘serious’ costs
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar on Sunday stated the charges against senior NCP leader and Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukhm, made by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh, are ‘serious’ and any decision relating to him will likely be taken by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
Mr Pawar, nevertheless, questioned the timing of the allegations levelled by Mr Singh.
On Saturday, in an e mail letter to Chief Minister Thackeray, Mr. Singh had alleged that the Home Minister had requested cops together with the suspended officer, Sachin Vaze, to acquire ₹100 crore each month from bars and inns within the metropolis.
Pointing out that the allegations had been made after Mr Singh was eliminated as police chief over the ‘lapses’ within the probe into the safety risk outdoors industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s residence, Antilia, Mr. Pawar recommended an in-depth probe by former Mumbai high cop, Julio Ribeiro, whose “credibility is beyond questioning”.
Link to Vaze
He additionally claimed that Sachin Vaze, who remained suspended for over 16 years for his position in a custodial loss of life case, was reinstated by Mr. Singh final 12 months and neither the Chief Minister nor the State Home Minister was liable for it.
“The allegations against the Maharashtra Home Minister are serious. Chief Minister has the full authority to take a decision regarding an inquiry on these allegations against the Home Minister,” Mr. Pawar stated, including, “I would suggest to Uddhav Thackeray to seek former IPS officer Julio Ribeiro’s help for looking into the claims made by Param Bir Singh.”
The NCP chief informed reporters at his official residence in Delhi that Mr. Param Bir Singh did meet him nevertheless it was solely “when his transfer orders were about to be issued by the Maharashtra government”.
‘No threat to MVA govt.’
Asked if there was an try to destabilize the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) authorities, the NCP chief stated, “I don’t know whether efforts are being made or not to topple the [MVA] government. All I can say is they will have no impact on the government.”
The episode has led to tensions within the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) authorities because the Shiv Sena management is reported to be in opposition to Mr. Deshkmukh’s continuance as a minister.
Mr. Pawar is learnt to have convened a gathering of social gathering leaders together with Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and State NCP chief Jayant Patil to focus on the difficulty.
The NCP supremo additionally stated the social gathering should hear out Mr. Deshmukh, who has categorically denied all of the allegations, earlier than taking a remaining decision.
“There were allegations that he had directed the police to collect ₹100 crore. There is no information on actual transaction of money. No Information on any money being transferred to the Home Minister,” he identified.
The central management of the Congress social gathering, the third companion within the MVA alliance, determined to undertake a ‘wait and watch approach’. Party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi stated the All India Congress Committee’s (AICC) Maharashtra in-charge, H.Ok, Patil, will communicate on the difficulty quickly.