Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Sunday referred to as for a “fair and impartial probe by an outside agency” into the controversy surrounding Mumbai policeman Sachin Waze and his alleged patronisation by prime leaders of the ruling Shiv Sena-NCP mix in Maharashtra.
Prasad expressed astonishment over Waze, “a mere assistant inspector”, having been defended inside and out of doors the meeting by none aside from Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
He additionally questioned the “silence” of NCP chief Sharad Pawar within the matter although his get together colleague and residential minister Anil Deshmukh has been accused of asking the policeman to “extort Rs 100 crore from dance bars etc. every month”.
“The Maha Vikas Aghadi in Maharashtra has been formed with an intention to loot and not to govern. The BJP is going to raise this issue very strongly and will soon hit the streets”, Prasad declared at a press convention on the get together workplace right here.
Charging Thackeray with having betrayed the NDA for the sake of energy, Prasad questioned whether or not the sordid flip of occasions have been in consonance with the “Jai Maharashtra” (hail Maharashtra) slogan popularised by his late father and Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray, “for whom I have tremendous respect”.
Referring to the explosive letter written to Thackeray by former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh, the BJP MP from Patna Sahib stated, “extortion is a criminal offense. A policeman indulging in it and that too on the behest of the house minister of the state is a really severe matter.
“It must be probed in an honest and transparent manner by an outside agency”.
Prasad is holding Law and Justice, Electronics and Information Technology and Communications portfolios in Prime Minister Narendra Modi cupboard.
“What has been alleged within the letter might be simply the tip of the iceberg. Maharashtra is a affluent state.
“If a policeman in Mumbai is asked to extort money for political bosses, we can surmise that there have been similar transgressions at other business hubs like Pune, Nagpur and Jalgaon”, Prasad added.
Training his weapons at Sharad Pawar, the BJP chief stated “the very senior leader” wanted to interrupt his “silence” and maintain forth as to in what capability was he not too long ago “briefed” about the entire episode by Anil Deshmukh.
“Pawar is not a part of the government. Moreover, the so-called briefing makes it amply clear that he is aware of the serious charges against a member of his party. As a party chief, what action is he going to take”, Prasad requested.
The Union minister additionally demanded an evidence from the Maharashtra authorities as to “under pressure from whom” was Waze, who had been suspended for years and joined the Shiv Sena, reinstated through the COVID disaster final 12 months.
He additionally sought to know the way the assistant sub-inspector got here to go the crime intelligence unit of the Mumbai police “which should normally be helmed by an SP or at least a Deputy SP”.
Waze, as soon as hailed as an “encounter specialist”, hit the headlines not too long ago within the aftermath of an explosives-laden automobile being discovered parked outdoors the residence of Reliance chairman Mukesh Ambani.
Param Bir Singh, who was transferred following the grave safety lapse, got here out together with his litany of surprising allegations quickly after being shifted from the highest submit.