Senior BJP chief Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday mentioned NCP chief Sharad Pawar was attempting to save lots of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) authorities in view of allegations of corruption levelled by former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh towards state Dwelling Minister Anil Deshmukh.
Talking to reporters right here, Fadnavis contested Pawar’s assertion that neither chief minister Uddhav Thackeray nor Deshmukh was liable for reinstating controversial police officer Sachin Waze within the Mumbai police pressure final 12 months.
Days after he was shunted as Mumbai police commissioner, Singh wrote a letter to the CM claiming Deshmukh, a senior NCP chief, had requested Waze and different law enforcement officials to gather Rs 100 crore month-to-month from bars and inns in Mumbai.
“How might essential postings and instances got to Waze with out the data of the chief minister and the house minister?” Fadnavis questioned.
The Chief of Opposition within the Legislative Meeting additionally questioned Pawar’s assertion that the latter would recommend the CM to hunt retired IPS officer Julio Ribeiro’s assist for wanting into the claims made by Singh.
Waze is within the custody of the Nationwide Investigation Company (NIA) for his alleged function in inserting an explosives- laden SUV exterior the south Mumbai residence of industrialist Mukesh Ambani final month.
The NIA can be probing the alleged homicide of Thane- based mostly businessman Mansukh Hiran who was in possession of that SUV.
“Because the architect of the MVA authorities (comprising the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress), Pawar is attempting to save lots of the federal government. Pawar’s press convention at the moment is an try to save lots of the federal government. The presser is only a window dressing.
Really, it’s an try to maneuver away from fact,” Fadnavis alleged.
He reiterated his demand for resignation of Deshmukh and a court-monitored probe into the allegations raised by Singh.
“Waze (a former encounter specialist who was suspended after the alleged custodial demise of bomb blast suspect Khwaja Yunis in 2003) was reinstated by a committee headed by Param Bir Singh. However how is it attainable that Waze was given essential instances and postings with out the data of the CM and the house minister?”
“Pawar ought to say that Waze was reinstated on the directions of the CM and the house minister, and with their blessings, he was given key instances and postings,” the previous chief minister claimed.
Fadnavis additionally mentioned how might Ribeiro, who retired 15 years in the past, can conduct an “inquiry of Param Bir Singh and the house minister. Will he have that authority and may he conduct a good probe? In the meantime, BJP employees on Sunday staged demonstrations in Nagpur demanding resignation of Deshmukh over Singh’s letter.
BJP employees led by former state vitality minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule staged protests at Sanvidhan squareand raised slogans towards the Maha Vikas Aghadi authorities.
An indication was additionally organised by employees of the BJP Yuva Morcha exterior the residence of Deshmukh right here.
In the meantime, Fadnavis claimed that allegations had been raised earlier towards state Dwelling division by a prime police officer.
“Param Bir Singh just isn’t the primary individual to boost such allegations. Earlier, a report was submitted by then Maharashtra DGP Subodh Jaiswal a few racket involving touts in transferring police officers in alternate of cash, however the state authorities did not take any motion on that report.
Jaiswal had submitted the report containing full transcript to the chief minister and the house minister through the then commissioner of Intelligence,” he mentioned.
Subsequently, Jaiswal opted out of an essential posting because the DGP and went on a Central deputation as a result of the state authorities didn’t provoke any inquiry on the report submitted by him, Fadnavis mentioned, including that relatively motion was taken towards the then state “Commissioner of Intelligence” Rashmi Shukla.
“The present scenario would not have arose had the state authorities acted on the report of Jaiswal and Shukla,” he mentioned.
Fadnavis additionally demanded that officers and different individuals who had used automobiles that had been discovered possession of Waze be investigated.