Ex-Mumbai Police Chief Param Bir Singh writes to CM, Accuses Anil Deshmukh of Corruption

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Param Bir Singh in his letter accuses Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh of corruption and interference in police work. The major accusations prompted calls by the opposition for the resignation of Mr Deshmukh who denied the charges and said he will sue Mr Singh for defamation.

Three days after removed as Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh Saturday wrote to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, alleging that state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh had asked Assistant Police Inspector Sachin Waze, later arrested by the NIA in the bomb scare case, to collect Rs 100 crore every month, including Rs 40-50 crore from some 1750 bars and restaurants in Mumbai.

In his letter former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh writes to Chief Minister, in which he accuses Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, are not linked to the Antilia security case, but he suggests at the end of the letter that he had to pay the price for resisting the Home Minister’s “interference” in the work of the Mumbai police force.

Param Bir Singh Writes, “I have been made a scapegoat to divert attention from the actual wrongdoers. It is not out of place to mention that there is no iota of material or evidence — far from proof — found against me or even imputed against me”.

“In and around mid-February and thereafter, the Hon’ble Home Minister had called Shri Vaze to his official residence… 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 Minister 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”

“Shri Vaze came to my office the same day and informed me… I was shocked with the above discussion and was mulling over how to deal with the situation… Shri (ACP Sanjay) Patil along with DCP Bhujbal were called at the official residence of the Hon’ble Home Minister for a meeting. While ACP Patil and DCP Bhujbal were made to wait outside the Hon’ble Home Minister’s cabin, Mr Palande (Minister’s PS) went inside the chamber of the Hon’ble Home Minister and after coming out took ACP Patil and DCP Bhujbal on the side. Mr Palande informed ACP Patil that the Hon’ble Home Minister was targeting a collection of Rs 40-50 crores which was possible through an approximate 1,750 bars, restaurants and establishments operating in Mumbai. I was informed by ACP Patil about the demand to make collections for the Hon’ble Home Minister”

Anil Deshmukh said that Singh had made false allegations against him to save himself in the bomb scare case.

“The allegations made by Singh are a conspiracy to defame me and the Maha Vikas Aghadi government. He has done these things to protect himself. If Waze met him in February and told him all these things, why did he keep quiet for so long? I will be holding a press conference tomorrow to clarify further doubts.”In his letter to the CM, Singh also said that while the legal opinion on the suicide of MP Mohan Delkar in Mumbai was that the case should be handed over to Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Deshmukh kept insisting that the Mumbai police register an abetment to suicide FIR on the basis of Delkar’s suicide note naming the UT administrator and other officials so that he could use it for “political mileage”.

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