Now comes another bombshell: Vaze names another minister who wanted Rs 50 crores!
Till now we knew that ex-Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh has alleged that former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh had asked API Sachin Vaze to collect Rs 100 crore per month in the form of extortion. Now it’s learnt that another minister in the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, transport minister Anil Parab, had allegedly asked Vaze to extort Rs 50 crore from a Trust facing an inquiry.
In an explosive hand-written letter to National Investigative Agency (NIA), Sachin Vaze has spilled the bean on the sordid episodes in Maharashtra where he has made a series of sensational claims.
Vaze has written 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 crore in order to close the said inquiry. I had expressed my inability to do any such thing as I do not know anybody from SBUT and also I didn’t have any control over the inquiry,” Vaze has told NIA.
Further, Vaze has claimed that Parab also called him 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.
Vaze not only confirmed the alleged charges of Param Bir Singh against Anil Deshmukh but he also had another sensational allegation to make against the ex-Mumbai police commissioner.
Vaze claimed that 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,” Vaze claimed.
Vaze has also written that 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 him to collect Rs 3-3.5 lakh from each of the 1,650 bars and restaurants in Mumbai.
That’s not all. Vaze has written that NCP chief Sharad Pawar was against his reinstatement into Mumbai Police in 2020 and wanted it to be revoked. To this, Anil Deshmukh alleged told Vaze that if he paid him Rs 2 crore, he would convince Sharad Pawar to let Vaze be 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," wrote Sachin Vaze.
While Deshmukh is from NCP, Parab is from Shiv Sena.
Vaze confirmed that he had told Param Bir Singh about the extortion demands made by Deshmukh and Parab (Interestingly, Param Bir Singh in his disclosure, hasn’t named Parab). Vaze says Param Bir Singh told him not to 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.”
Republic TV meanwhile has claimed that Vaze was made incharge of the Crime Intelligence Unit through a verbal order by Param Bir Singh on the basis of a report it has allegedly accessed. The report also claimed that Vaze was asked to report only to Param Bir Singh.
Meanwhile, a Mumbai court has extended the NIA custody of Vaze till April 9. He was arrested on March 13.
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