The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday, grilled the former police commissioner Param Bir Singh, arrested Mumbai Police officer Sachin Vaze, and others in connection with the preliminary inquiry into allegations of corruption against former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh, reported ANI.
The ongoing investigation has caught pace in the view of a deadline ordered by the Bombay High Court. The CBI also recorded the statements of ACP Sanjay Patil.
CBI has recorded the statement of former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh in the ongoing preliminary investigation over allegations against former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh
CBI has also recorded the statements of Sachin Waze, complainant Dr Jaishri Patil
— ANI (@ANI) April 8, 2021
The recent developments come after Singh reportedly wrote to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray accusing Deshmukh of asking Patil to target bars and restaurants in Mumbai to collect about Rs 100 crore.
However, Patil reportedly countered Singh’s letter and mentioned that he had met Deshmukh along with other officers to brief him about a raid, but had never met him after that.
It is also being reported that the former Home Minister has also told the Mumbai police’s internal inquiry team that he met Waze in office, where the latter asked him about the collection of Rs three lakh each from bars.
According to the reports, Patil has also claimed that he does not know about any meeting between Waze and Deshmukh.
The officers also met the Mumbai-based lawyer Jayshree Patil, on whose petition the high court had ordered the preliminary inquiry by the CBI, reported Indian Express.
Sachin Vaze, the former Mumbai Police officer was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) – in a case related to the recovery of explosives-laden sports utility vehicle (SUV) near Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani’s house in Mumbai on March 25 and the subsequent killing of its owner, Mansukh Hiran.
While the ongoing investigation continues to unfold several new and undiscovered links in the case, CBI will soon record statements of DCP Raju Bhujbal for the probe into allegations of corruption against former home minister Anil Deshmukh.
Maharashtra | CBI to record the statement of DCP Raju Bhujbal, in the ongoing preliminary investigation over allegations against former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh
— ANI (@ANI) April 8, 2021
The CBI reportedly started its preliminary inquiry into allegations of bribery against Deshmukh on Tuesday over the orders of the Bombay High Court. The probe is being carried out by the CBI officials who were dispatched from Delhi.