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Mumbai: According to preliminary investigation, 20 people whose statements have been recorded by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) – barring IPS officer Param Bir Singh and suspended assistant police inspector Sachin Waje – have leveled corruption charges against former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh. Not confirmed. The investigating agency has reportedly prepared the investigation report.
While the 65-page report states that “no cognizable offense has been made out” against Deshmukh, it provided several details about Waze, who allegedly extorted money from bars in Mumbai, a five- To check-in at Sitara, check under an identity with a cash-counting machine. , and his general prosperity.
The unsigned preliminary inquiry report prepared by CBI Deputy Superintendent of Police RS Gunjyal was leaked last week. ThePrint has seen the report.
“Preliminary investigation has revealed that Sachin Vaze was involved in illegal recovery of money from the owners of API Orchestra Bar/Hookah Bar owners and other establishments in Mumbai on the pretext of extending them working hours till late night and not conducting raids on them. . . It is not clear whether he was collecting this money for his own benefit or for someone else…” the alleged CBI report concluded.
“The investigation conducted has revealed that no cognizable offense has been committed by Mr. Anil Deshmukh, then HM, Government of Maharashtra. In view of the above, it is recommended that this PE (Preliminary Inquiry) be closed,” it added.
In a statement to the media, the CBI has not dismissed the leaked report in so many words, but Maintained That the case registered against Deshmukh is based on the evidence collected during the preliminary investigation.
“It may be recalled that the Hon’ble High Court at Bombay had ordered the registration of a Preliminary Inquiry (PE) in the said case on the basis of several PILs filed before the Hon’ble High Court. On completion of this PE, the Competent Authority directed the registration of a regular case on the basis of the evidence and legal opinion collected during the PE. The FIR registered by the CBI on 21.04.2021 is available on the website of the CBI with effect from 24.04.2021,” the agency said in its statement. said.
one in Letter On March 20, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray was accused by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh that Deshmukh had directed his officers, including Waze, to collect Rs 100 crore every month from bars and restaurants in Mumbai.
In April, the Bombay High Court, hearing a plea by lawyer Jayashre Patil on the issue, ordered a preliminary CBI inquiry, prompting Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Deshmukh to submit his tender. Resignation as a minister.
‘Waze was living a luxurious life with useless money’
According to the leaked report, the CBI allegedly questioned several witnesses such as DCP Raju Bhujbal, ACP Sanjay Patil, Deshmukh’s personal secretary Sanjeev Palande, advocate Patil, four orchestra bar owners, three police constables, who were accompanied by their personal driver Vaze. have worked. and so on, as well as collected technical evidence.
None of them made any statement to support the allegations of extortion against Deshmukh.
However, ACP Patil and the orchestra bar owners reportedly told the CBI during interrogation that Vaze had called them for two meetings in mid-December at his fourth-floor office inside the Police Commissioner’s office building.
According to Patil’s purported statement, the ACP orchestra did not know the bar owners, and Waze informed them that he had proposed to categorize them into three brackets – large, medium and small – to pay the police monthly.
The alleged CBI report revealed that Patil said that he did not want to have anything to do with the alleged extortion scheme.
According to the purported statement given by Mahesh Kumar Shetty, who runs a bar and restaurant in Borivali, Waze paid the bar Rs 3 lakh for large establishments, Rs 2 lakh for medium-range establishments and Rs 1 lakh for small establishments. was asked to do. . Waze also reportedly wanted to be informed of any establishment that was not willing to pay the amount.
In the second meeting, Shetty said, Vaze is believed to have asked bar owners to collect Rs 40 lakh.omen (good omen) ”in advance.
The purported report states that Shetty along with fellow bar owners Jaya Pujari and Sharad Shetty handed over the first installment of Rs 27 lakh to Vaze, who had arrived outside Hotel Regency in Thane in a black Mercedes.
Around mid-January, the trio reportedly reunited with Waze at 9 p.m. near the parking area of Hotel Intercontinental on Marine Drive, when Shetty’s driver found Waze’s car with a list of contributing bars to $86 million. Kept a black bag of Rs. More money was exchanged in the coming days, the report elaborated.
It further said, as part of the technical evidence collected, CBI found that Vaze stayed at Trident Hotel in November and December 2020 and Hotel Oberoi in January and February 2021. Both the hotels belong to the same group.
Vaze reportedly stayed for 24 days at Hotel Oberoi under the name Sushant Khamkar from January 19 to February 20 this year. The total bill was Rs 2.56 lakh, out of which he paid Rs 49,642 in cash and the rest through a travel agency, Classic Travel Shoppe Pvt. Ltd.
At Trident, Waze reportedly stayed for 23 days from 14 November to 19 December 2020 and paid the entire bill of Rs 1.44 lakh in cash.
The report said that Oberoi’s chief security officer informed the CBI that one of the bags of the person who checked-in posing as Khamkar had a cash-counting machine, and the other contained bundles of paper that were “cash bundles”. seemed to be”.
The report also gives a detailed count of the number of luxury cars Waze allegedly owned, according to the statements of his personal driver Prakash Dhanure.
The Mumbai Police first suspended Vaze in 2004 on charges of murder and destruction of evidence in the Khwaja Yunus case, and reinstated him in 2020 after Singh took over as Mumbai Police chief.
According to Dhanure’s statement, prior to his reinstatement, Waze owned two secondhand Mitsubishi Outlanders. In the four or five months after the restoration, he reportedly bought several more used cars, including Mercedes, BMW and Prado Land Cruisers.
The purported CBI report states that it is clear that Vaze was “living a lavish life with the ill-gotten money as he was using expensive luxury cars like Mercedes Benz, Prado etc. for commuting for official purposes”. were being”.
‘No evidence of unofficial meeting between Waze and Deshmukh’
In his letter to Thackeray, Param Bir Singh specifically mentions that DCP Raju Bhujbal and ACP Sanjay Patil have received instructions from Deshmukh’s office to collect money from bars and restaurants in Mumbai.
The purported CBI probe report said that Patil and Bhujbal, in their statements, confirmed that no such demand for any recovery of money was made through the then HM or his PS (private secretary) Sanjeev Palande.
As mentioned in the report, Vaze, during its brief investigation by the CBI, reportedly said, “I once paid PA Kundan to the then Home Minister Mr. Anil Deshmukh for Rs 4 crore in the last days/or early days of February. March. Mr. Anil Deshmukh himself demanded money from me (sic).
However, the report concluded: “There is no evidence of any meeting of Sachin Vaze at his residence with the then HM Niwas other than the official briefing/purposes and in the presence of other officials”.
Meanwhile, Kundan, during his interrogation by the CBI, reportedly said that he does not know why his name came up, and that he had not heard anything about Deshmukh, who charges Rs 3-3.5 lakh every month to Vaze from bars and restaurants. Used to ask to take Rs.
“He (Kundan) further said that he never told any such thing to Shri. Sachin Waje asked him to follow the instruction of Mr. Deshmukh, if he wants to retain and secure his job,” the purported report said.
(Edited by Amit Upadhyay)
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