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Vaze accuses Deshmukh, Parab of extortion

Vaze accuses Deshmukh, Parab of extortion
(L-R) Anil Parab, Sachin Vaze and Anil Deshmukh
MUMBAI, APR 7 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 4/7/2021 1:10:47 PM IST

In another explosive development in the Antilia bomb scare case, suspended Mumbai Police assistant inspector Sachin Vaze has written a letter to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), accusing Maharashtra ministers Anil Deshmukh and Anil Parab of extortion, reports India Today.

In his handwritten letter, Sachin Vaze has claimed that NCP chief Sharad Pawar was against his reinstatement into Mumbai Police in 2020 and wanted it to be revoked.

To this, then Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh allegedly told Sachin Vaze that if he pays Deshmukh Rs 2 crore, he will convince Sharad Pawar to allow Sachin Vaze back into the force.

“The home minister told me that he will convince Pawar saheb and for that purpose, he asked me to pay Rs 2,00,00,000. I had expressed my inability to pay such an amount. On this the home minister asked me to pay it in a later course,” Sachin Vaze wrote.

Sachin Vaze has claimed that Anil Deshmukh had called him to the Sahyadri Guest House in October 2020 and asked him to collect money from 1,650 bars and restaurants in Mumbai.

“I refused saying it was not within the scope of my capability,” Sachin Vaze claimed.

According to Sachin Vaze, Anil Deshmukh made the same demand again in January 2021 when the two met at Deshmukh’s official bungalow. Vaze has claimed the minister’s PA Kundan was also present at the meeting as the home minister asked the Mumbai Police officer to collect Rs 3-3.5 lakh from each of the 1,650 bars and restaurants in Mumbai.

Sachin Vaze has also claimed that Maharashtra Transport Minister and Shiv Sena leader Anil Parab had asked him to extort money for him.

The suspended police officer has alleged that Anil Parab met him in July-August 2020 and asked him to extract Rs 50 crore from the Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT), which was facing an inquiry. “In July-August 2020, I was called by Minister Anil Parab at his official bungalow...At the meeting, Parab asked me to look into the complaint under preliminary inquiry and bring the trustees of the SBUT to him for negotiations about the inquiry. He also insisted to initiate primary talks to get Rs 50 crores from SBUT in order to close the said enquiry. I had expressed my inability to do any such thing as I do not know anybody from SBUT and also I did not have any control over the inquiry,” Sachin Vaze has told NIA.

In the letter to the NIA, Vaze has claimed that Anil Parab also called him once again in January 2021 and asked him to look into an inquiry against some contractors listed in the BMC and collect Rs 2 crore each from them.

“He told me to collect at least Rs 2 crores from 50 such contractors. An inquiry was on in this matter based on an anonymous complaint. The Crime Intelligence Unit inquiry against the contractors had not yielded any result,” Vaze wrote.

Additionally, Sachin Vaze has also claimed that he had told then Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh about the extortion demands made by Anil Deshmukh and Anil Parab.

Param Bir Singh reportedly told him to not act on the demands.

“...I met the Police Commissioner (Param Bir Singh) and told him that I expressed my apprehension about this...I told him that I would be embroiled in a false controversy in the near future. The CP encouraged me and categorically instructed me not to involve myself in any such illegal collection of money from anyone and for anyone.”

Sachin Vaze’s letter corroborates some of the claims made by Mumbai Police officer Param Bir Singh in his March 20th letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in which he alleged that Anil Deshmukh had asked police officers, including Sachin Vaze, to collect Rs 100 crore each month from bars and restaurants.

Meanwhile, a Mumbai court on Wednesday extended the NIA custody of suspended Mumbai Police officer Sachin Vaze till April 9 in the case of an explosives-laden SUV found near industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s residence and the death of businessman Mansukh Hiren.

Sachin Vaze was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on March 13.

The court also allowed the CBI to question Vaze in connection with its preliminary enquiry into the allegations of corruption levelled by senior police officer Param Bir Singh against former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.

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