In a sensational development, Param Bir Singh, former Mumbai Police Commissioner who was recently shunted out from his post, on Saturday alleged that Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh had asked suspended Mumbai Police officer Sachin Vaze to collect Rs 100 crore for him every month.
Param Bir Singh dropped this bombshell in a letter he has written to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, copying it to Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.
The former Mumbai top cop has alleged in the letter that Deshmukh had called Sachin Vaze to his official residence several times over the past few months and ‘repeatedly instructed’ him to ‘assist in collection of funds’ for him.
“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,” Param Bir Singh claims in his letter.
He adds, "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 Rs 100 crores a month."
Param Bir Singh wrote to the chief minister that to achieve the target of Rs 100 crore per month, Anil Deshmukh told Sachin Vaze that “there are about 1,750 bars, restaurants and other establishments in Mumbai and if a sum of Rs 2-3 lakh each was collected from each of them, a monthly collection of Rs 40-50 crore was achievable. The rest of the money can be made up through other sources."
Deshmukh refutes charges
Meanwhile, the Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh has responded to the explosive letter by Param Bir Singh alleging that the former Mumbai Police Commissioner was leveling false allegations to save himself from further legal action.
Anil Deshmukh said in a statement on Twitter, “The former Commissioner of Police, Parambir Singh has made false allegations in order to save himself as the involvement of Sachin Waze 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”.
“Parambir Singh has made this false allegation to save himself as well as to protect himself from further legal action,” he added.As soon as the letter started doing the rounds, the opposition party BJP asked for the removal of the home minister.
“Ex-Mumbai Police Commissioner says real extortionist is Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh Sachin Vaze used to meet him several times. Deshmukh was extorting Money from Pub etc. BJP demand Anil Deshmukh should be sacked.” BJP’s Kirit Somaiya was quoted saying by Times Now.
Vaze was held by the NIA in connection with the case involving an explosives-laden vehicle near industrialist Mukesh Ambani's residence, and on Wednesday Singh was transferred to the state police's home-guards wing.