`Corruption' in police transfers: Fadnavis meets Union Home

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Secy, seeks CBI probe (Eds: correcting a typo in intro) Mumbai, Mar 23 (PTI) BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday met the Union Home Secretary in Delhi and demanded CBI probe into a purported state intelligence department report on `corruption' in police transfers in Maharashtra.

The former Maharashtra chief minister had claimed earlier in the day that he had 6.3 GB data of telephone calls intercepted by then Commissioner of Intelligence Rashmi Shukla in which names of several key police officers figure.

'The Union Home Secretary clearly told me that they will verify the documents and evidence and a report will be submitted to the central government. The government will take appropriate action accordingly,' he told reporters in the national capital.

'It is unfortunate that this (Maharashtra) government inducts police officers suspended for 16 years, they plant bombs, try to extort people. Maharashtra needs to be rescued from such situation,' he said, apparently referring to police officer Sachin Waze, an accused in the case related to the bomb scare near industrialist Mukesh Ambani's house.

Fadnavis claimed that after a detailed report on intercepted phone calls was prepared, then Maharashtra director general of police had recommended a CID probe.

'However, since August 25, 2020 there has been no action taken on the report. We want to know reasons behind it.

Who are those people whom the MVA government is trying to protect,' said the BJP leader.

On NCP spokesperson and state minister Nawab Malik's claim that Shukla collected this data without due permissions, Fadnavis said there were 'enough documents to prove that phone call tapping was officially sanctioned by the government.' Asked why he was not sharing it with the media, he said it contained very sensitive information about Maharashtra police and some politicians and he did not want 'innocent people to suffer'. PTI ND KRK KRK KRK