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Maharashtra Home Minister sought ₹100 crore a month from Sachin Vaze, says Mumbai Police ex-chief

Param Bir Singh levelled this allegation towards Anil Deshmukh in a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

Days after being shunted out from the post of Mumbai Police Commissioner, Param Bir Singh has alleged that Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh had demanded ₹100 crore each month from suspended police officer Sachin Vaze, now in custody of National Investigation Agency (NIA) within the Antilia bomb scare case

Mr. Singh levelled this allegation in a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday.

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Mr. Deshmukh, nonetheless, was fast to disclaim the fees, saying the letter is being written by an officer who’s dealing with inquiry together with Mr. Vaze within the case. Mr. Singh’s letter comes within the wake of studies indicating a attainable inquiry towards him and his arrest by the NIA within the bomb scare case. 

“The former Commissioner of Police, Param Bir Singh has made false allegations in order to save himself as the involvement of Sachin Vaze in Mukesh Ambani & Mansukh Hiren’s case is becoming clearer from the investigation carried out so far & threads are leading to Mr. Singh as well,” stated Mr. Deshmukh. He added that he could be submitting a defamation case agaisnt Mr. Singh.

In a assertion, Mr Deshmukh stated the alleged chat printed by Mr. Singh with one other officer, ACP Sachin Patil ,is of March 16, a day earlier than he was shunted out from the accountability.

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“Why was he silent for all this time if he was informed about this in February? The only reason is to divert attention from the ongoing investigation in to explosive case as well as death of Mansukh Hiran as he is going to be in trouble for the same,” stated Mr Deshmukh.

“He (Singh) is attempting to blackmail the federal government after realising that he’ll land in hassle together with Sachin Waze within the explosive case. It is thought that each Waze and Patil are near Singh and the choice to reinstate Waze was taken in his capability as no minister is concerned in the identical,” he added. 

Mr. Deshmukh said that he has demanded with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to conduct impartial probe and will be filing a defamation case against the officer. 

The Opposition BJP was quick to demand action against Mr. Deshmukh citing allegations by Mr. Singh. They said Mr. Deshmukh should take moral responsibility. 

Mr. Singh in his letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said, “Shri Sachin Vaze who was heading the Crime Intelligence Unit of the Crime Branch of the Mumbai Police was called by Shri Anil Deshmukh, Hon’ble Home Minister, Maharashtra to his official residence Dyaneshwar several times in last few months and repeatedly instructed to assist in collection of funds for the Hon’ble Home Minister. In and around mid-February and thereafter, the Hon’ble Home Minister had called Shri Vaze to his official residence. At that time, one or two staff members of the Hon’ble Home Minister including his Personal Secretary, Mr. Palande, were also present. The Hon’ble Home Minister expressed to Shri Vaze that he had a target to accumulate ₹100 crore a month.”

According to Mr. Singh, the Minister told Mr. Vaze that there are about 1,750 bars, restaurants and other establishments in Mumbai and if a sum of ₹2-3 lakhs each was collected from each of them, a monthly collection of ₹40-50 crore was achievable.

In the letter, Mr. Singh has also said that he was not in favour of Mumbai Police probing the suicide of Dadra and Nagar Haveli MP Mohan Delkar and was forced by the Minister looking for ‘political mileage.’ He even claimed that several of Mr. Deshmukh’s actions were politically motivated and he found Mr Singh’s reservation and resistance undesirable.

Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanded the resignation of Mr. Deshmukh. “The allegations levelled in the letter are extremely grave and never in the history of the State such has been made. Either the Home Minister should resign immediately accepting moral responsibility or Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray must ask him to tender resignation,” said leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis. The BJP has called for statewide agitation on Sunday demanding ouster of Mr Deshmukh. 

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray too has called for the resignation of Mr. Deshmukh citing letter of Mr. Singh. 

The Congress, on the other hand, questioned the timing of the letter.

“Home Minister had said before a month that he was under pressure. The central agencies are being used to pressurise the administration,” said Congress general secretary Sachin Sawant. 

Commenting on Mr. Singh’s claim that dying of MP Mohan Delkar mustn’t have been probed by Mumbai Police, he stated that if Sushant Singh Rajput case might be probed by Bihar police then why cannot Mumbai Police probe the Delkar dying case. “The whole episode is being planned to suppress the Delkar death case,” he alleged.

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