In additional embarrassment for Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) authorities in Maharashtra, suspended Mumbai Police assistant inspector Sachin Vaze has written to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) alleging that state ministers Anil Deshmukh and Anil Parab had requested him to commit extortion.
Vaze, who was arrested on March 13 over his alleged function in planting an explosive-laden SUV close to industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s home in south Mumbai on February 25, acknowledged that National Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar wished to revoke his reinstatement to the Mumbai Police in 2020.
He added Deshmukh allegedly informed him that he would persuade the NCP supremo to permit him again within the drive if he pays Rs 2 crore.
“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,” he mentioned in his hand-written word.
The suspended cop additionally alleged that Parab, the state’s Transport Minister, requested him to extract Rs 50 crore from the Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT).
“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,” he wrote.
Vaze additional mentioned that Parab, who met him in July-August 2020 to debate the SBUT, known as him but once more in January 2021 asking to look into the probe in opposition to some contractors listed within the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and acquire Rs 2 crore every 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,” he wrote.
The suspended assistant police inspector additionally claimed that he had informed then Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh in regards to the extortion calls for made by the 2 ministers, including the previous prime cop “categorically instructed me not to involve myself in any such illegal collection of money from anyone and for anyone”.
Meanwhile, a Mumbai Court right this moment prolonged Vaze’s NIA custody until April 9 within the case of an explosives-laden SUV discovered close to Ambani’s residence and businessman Mansukh Hiran’s dying.
The courtroom additionally allowed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to query Vaze, at present beneath NIA custody, as a part of its preliminary probe in opposition to Deshmukh.