Anil Deshmukh asked Vaze to collect Rs 100 cr per month for him, says former Mumbai top cop

Anil Deshmukh asked Vaze to collect Rs 100 cr per month for him, says former Mumbai top cop

Singh claimed that Deshmukh had directed suspended police officer Sachin Vaze to collect Rs 100 crore every month from bars, restaurants

Param Bir Singh, who was recently shunted out as Mumbai police commissioner over some "unforgivable mistakes" in the Antilia bomb scare case, has shot off an explosive letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, accusing Home Minister Anil Deshmukh of extortion.

Singh claimed that Deshmukh had directed suspended police officer Sachin Vaze to collect Rs 100 crore every month from bars, restaurants and other establishments in Mumbai.

He said Vaze, who was heading the Crime Intelligence Unit of the Crime Branch of Mumbai Police, was called by Deshmukh to his official residence several times in the last few months and repeatedly instructed to assist in collection of funds for him.

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“In and around mid-February and thereafter, the Hon’ble Home Minister had called Shri Vaze to his official residence. At that time, one or two staff members of the Hon’ble Home Minister including his Personal Secretary, Mr. Palande, were also present,” Singh said in his letter dated March 20, 2021.

"The Hon’ble Home Minister expressed to Shri Vaze that he had a target to accumulate Rs. 100 crores a month. For achieving the aforesaid target, the Hon’ble Home Minsiter told Shri Vaze that there are about 1,750 bars, restaurants and other establishments in Mumbai and if a sum of Rs. 2-3 lakhs each was collected from each of them, a monthly collection of Rs. 40-50 crores was achievable. The Hon’ble Home Minister added that the rest of the collection could be made from other sources," Singh further said.

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Deshmukh, an NCP leader, however rejected all claims made by Singh as baseless.

"The former Commissioner of Police, Parambir Singh has made false allegations in order to save himself as the involvement of Sachin Waze in Mukesh Ambani and Mansukh Hiren’s case is becoming clearer from the investigation carried out so far and threads are leading to Mr. Singh as well," the minister tweeted.

Deshmukh had earlier said that Singh was transferred after some of his colleagues committed "serious and unforgivable mistakes".

Singh, who was under fire over the handling of the bomb scare outside industrialist Mukesh Ambani's house in south Mumbai, was on Wednesday transferred to the low-key Home Guard by the the state government. Acting Director General of Police of state Hemant Nagrale replaced Singh.

Assistant police inspector Vaze was recently arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) over its probe into the recovery of an explosives-laden SUV near Ambani's house on February 25.

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