Senior BJP chief Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday mentioned NCP chief Sharad Pawar was trying to save the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) authorities in view of allegations of corruption levelled by former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh against state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.
Speaking to reporters right here, Fadnavis contested Pawar’s assertion that neither chief minister Uddhav Thackeray nor Deshmukh was accountable for reinstating controversial police officer Sachin Waze within the Mumbai police drive final 12 months.
Days after he was shunted as Mumbai police commissioner, Singh wrote a letter to the CM claiming Deshmukh, a senior NCP chief, had requested Waze and different law enforcement officials to acquire Rs 100 crore month-to-month from bars and lodges in Mumbai.
“How could important postings and cases were given to Waze without the knowledge of the chief minister and the home minister?” Fadnavis questioned.
The Leader of Opposition within the Legislative Assembly additionally questioned Pawar’s assertion that the latter would counsel the CM to search retired IPS officer Julio Ribeiro’s assist for wanting into the claims made by Singh.
Waze is within the custody of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for his alleged function in inserting an explosives- laden SUV outdoors the south Mumbai residence of industrialist Mukesh Ambani final month.
The NIA can also be probing the alleged homicide of Thane- based mostly businessman Mansukh Hiran who was in possession of that SUV.
“As the architect of the MVA authorities (comprising the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress), Pawar is trying to save the federal government. Pawar’s press convention immediately is an try to save the federal government. The presser is only a window dressing.
Actually, it’s an try to transfer away from reality,” Fadnavis alleged.
He reiterated his demand for resignation of Deshmukh and a court-monitored probe into the allegations raised by Singh.
“Waze (a former encounter specialist who was suspended after the alleged custodial death of bomb blast suspect Khwaja Yunis in 2003) was reinstated by a committee headed by Param Bir Singh. But how is it possible that Waze was given important cases and postings without the knowledge of the CM and the home minister?”
“Pawar should say that Waze was reinstated on the instructions of the CM and the home minister, and with their blessings, he was given key cases and postings,” the previous chief minister claimed.
Fadnavis additionally mentioned how may Ribeiro, who retired 15 years in the past, can conduct an “inquiry of Param Bir Singh and the house minister. Will he have that authority and might he conduct a good probe? Meanwhile, BJP employees on Sunday staged demonstrations in Nagpur demanding resignation of Deshmukh over Singh’s letter.
BJP employees led by former state vitality minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule staged protests at Sanvidhan squareand raised slogans against the Maha Vikas Aghadi authorities.
An illustration was additionally organised by employees of the BJP Yuva Morcha outdoors the residence of Deshmukh right here.
Meanwhile, Fadnavis claimed that allegations had been raised earlier against state Home division by a prime police officer.
“Param Bir Singh isn’t the primary particular person to increase such allegations. Earlier, a report was submitted by then Maharashtra DGP Subodh Jaiswal a few racket involving touts in transferring police officers in trade of cash, however the state authorities did not take any motion on that report.
Jaiswal had submitted the report containing full transcript to the chief minister and the house minister through the then commissioner of Intelligence,” he mentioned.
Subsequently, Jaiswal opted out of an vital posting because the DGP and went on a Central deputation as a result of the state authorities didn’t provoke any inquiry on the report submitted by him, Fadnavis mentioned, including that relatively motion was taken against the then state “Commissioner of Intelligence” Rashmi Shukla.
“The current situation wouldn’t have arose had the state government acted on the report of Jaiswal and Shukla,” he mentioned.
Fadnavis additionally demanded that officers and different individuals who had used autos that had been discovered possession of Waze be investigated.
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