IN A letter he tried to undergo the Special NIA Court on Wednesday, suspended assistant police inspector Sachin Waze supported former Mumbai police chief Param Bir Singh’s allegations towards ex-home minister Anil Deshmukh, whereas additionally levelling prices towards Transport Minister Anil Parab of the Shiv Sena.
Waze alleged that Parab had requested him to provoke talks with a belief dealing with an inquiry and to get Rs 50 crore from the trustees to shut the probe, in addition to requested for collections from alleged fraudulent contractors on a BMC record.
The Special NIA Court didn’t take the letter, dated April 3, on document, directing Waze’s authorized group to comply with correct authorized process, mentioned Waze’s lawyer Rounak Naik.
Parab denied the allegations and mentioned he wouldn’t be resigning, including that he was able to face any inquiry. He known as the fees a part of a conspiracy by the BJP to defame him, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and the MVA authorities. “These are false allegations. I swear in the name of Balasaheb and my two daughters and want to tell the people of the state that the allegations are false,” Parab instructed the media.
In his letter, Waze mentioned that then Home Minister Anil Deshmukh had instructed him that “certain agitators” had objected to Waze’s reinstatement with the Mumbai Police in June final yr. He mentioned Deskmukh instructed him that whereas NCP chief Sharad Pawar wished him to be suspended once more. he would persuade Pawar to not take away him — “and for that purpose he asked me to pay Rs 2 crore”. “I expressed my inability to pay such an amount. On this, the Home Minister sir asked me to pay in later course.”
Waze additionally made allegations towards Deshmukh much like what Param Bir Singh had talked about in his letter written to Thackeray after his switch final month. Waze claimed that in January, Deshmukh had known as him to his official residence. “(His) PA (personal assistant) Mr Kundan was present there. The Home Minister told me that there are 1,650 bars and restaurants in the city and asked me to collect Rs 3-3.5 lakh each from these for him,” the letter claims.
Waze mentioned that when he mentioned this was past his scope, Kundan instructed him he ought to comply if he wished to retain his job, however that he once more refused. Waze mentioned he knowledgeable Singh, who instructed him to not become involved in such actions.
He claimed that he had on the time expressed apprehension that he could be “embroiled in a false controversy” — implying that the NIA case towards him over the bomb scare at Mukesh Ambani’s home was a part of this.
In the letter, Waze went on to speak a few assembly in July-August final yr at Parab’s official bungalow. According to him, at this assembly, Parab requested him to “initiate primary talks” with a Mumbai belief towards which a preliminary inquiry was on, and sought Rs 50 crore from the belief to shut the inquiry. Waze claimed that he expressed his incapability to intervene within the trustee inquiry as he didn’t have management over it and didn’t know anybody from the belief.
He claimed that later, in January, Parab approached him over the record of fraudulent contractors with the BMC, and sought “at least Rs 2 crore” from about 50 such contractors. Waze claimed that he had not discovered any incriminating materials whereas probing the BMC contractors’ record until his switch following the Ambani case in March.
Waze additionally claimed to have been approached by a person who “introduced himself as a very close circle person” of NCP chief and deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, asking him to gather a month-to-month quantity of Rs 100 crore from unlawful gutka sellers within the state, however that he had once more refused. Waze claimed that after he took motion towards unlawful gutka sellers in Mumbai on January 1, he was once more approached by the person, who “conveyed displeasure expressed by the Hon Dy CM Sir’”. Waze mentioned the person requested him to fulfill Ajit Pawar or the producers of gutka, however he had refused.
Transport Minister Parab questioned the timing of Waze’s letter, quickly after the Bombay High Court ordered a preliminary inquiry towards Deshmukh on the premise of Singh’s allegations. On Wednesday, the CBI approached the Special NIA Court to query Waze on the matter.
Waze’s lawyer Aabad Ponda didn’t oppose the CBI plea nor the NIA’s software to increase his custody. “It is in my interest to stay in their custody. I want to cooperate with the CBI as I have done with the NIA,” Ponda mentioned on behalf of Waze.
The NIA submitted that their probe had discovered Rs 1.5 crore in a personal financial institution within the title of an organization floated by Waze. It additionally claimed that Waze had given Rs 40 lakh and Rs 36 lakh money to an confederate up to now few months. “We need to investigate from where the accused had arranged this money and whether it was part of any extortion made by him for himself or others. How can a police officer of API rank have such a huge amount?” Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh mentioned.
The Special NIA Court subsequently despatched Waze to additional NIA custody until April 9. It additionally allowed the CBI’s software to interrogate him, directing the 2 central companies to coordinate.
with inputs by Vishwas Waghmode