Sachin Vaze was arrested in connection with the Ambani security scare case.(PTI Photo)
Sachin Vaze was arrested in connection with the Ambani security scare case.(PTI Photo)

'Anil Deshmukh demanded 2 crore...': Sachin Vaze in explosive letter to NIA

Sachin Vaze made the sensational claim in a letter which he tried to submit before a special NIA court here.
PTI | | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON APR 07, 2021 09:58 PM IST

Suspended cop Sachin Vaze on Wednesday claimed that former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh demanded 2 crore from him to continue his service in the Mumbai Police and alleged another minister Anil Parab asked him to collect money from contractors.

Transport minister Parab rejected the allegations made by Vaze, saying they were incorrect and aimed at maligning his image, and expressed readiness to face any probe.

Vaze, who was reinstated in the police service last year, made the sensational claim in a letter which he tried to submit before a special NIA court here.

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However, special judge PR Sitre refused to take his letter on record and asked him to follow the required procedure.

Vaze, an accused in the case of an explosives-laden car found near industrialist Mukesh Ambani's residence in south Mumbai and the death of businessman Mansukh Hiran, is currently in the NIA custody.

Deshmukh, a senior NCP leader, resigned as home minister on Monday after the Bombay high court ordered a CBI probe into corruption allegations levelled against him by former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh.

The controversial assistant police inspector said that NCP president Sharad Pawar, whose party is a key constituent in the MVA government, apparently wanted him to be placed under suspension again.

"I duly was reinstated in service on June 6, 2020. That soon after my reinstatement there were certain agitators (people, who wanted) to reverse the reinstatement.

"Apparently, then it was ordered by Sharad Pawar to again place me under suspension.

"That, at that time the then home minister sir (Deshmukh) also told me that he will convince Pawar saheb and for that purpose he (HM sir) asked me to pay 2 crore," Vaze claimed in the four-page handwritten letter.

Vaze (49) said he expressed his inability to pay such a huge sum.

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"I had expressed my inability to pay such an amount. On this, the home minister sir asked me to pay in later course," he added.

Vaze claimed that at a meeting in the Sahyadri guest house in south Mumbai, Deshmukh had asked him to look into a complaint related to the Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT) which was under preliminary enquiry.

SBUT is a non-profit organisation tasked with carrying out a mega redevelopment project in the Bhendi Bazaar area of south Mumbai.

Deshmukh had asked him to bring the trustees of the SBUT to him for "negotiation" about the enquiry, Vaze claimed.

"He also insisted to initiate primary talks to get 50 crore from the SBUT in order to close the said enquiry. I had expressed my inability to do any such things as I do not know anyone from the SBUT and I also did not have any control over the enquiry," Vaze added.

Vaze's letter claimed that in January 2021, another state minister Anil Parab asked him to look into an inquiry against "fraudulent" contractors listed in the BMC and collect at least 2 crore from about 50 such contractors.

The said inquiry was based on an anonymous complaint, Vaze added.

Parab, a Shiv Sena leader, rejected Vaze's claims and said he was ready to face any probe into the allegations.

Talking to reporters, Parab said, "I swear in the name of Shiv Sena supremo Balasaheb Thackeray and my two daughters that I haven't done anything wrong."

He said there was a BJP strategy to malign the image of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and the MVA government.

"By targeting me, a close aide of the chief minister, they think they can put the government in trouble. BJP leaders have been saying for the last two days that another wicket will fall. This conspiracy was being hatched that time as they knew Vaze will give such a letter," Parab said.

The letter also claimed that Deshmukh had asked Vaze to collect 3 lakh to 3.5 lakh each from around1,650 bars and restaurants in Mumbai (this claimed had been made by Vaze earlier also).

The suspended cop claimed to have informed the then police commissioner Singh about these developments.

"I also expressed my apprehension to (Singh) that somewhere in the future I would be embroiled in a false controversy," he added.

"The then CP encouraged me and categorically instructed me to not to involve in any such illegal collection of money from anyone and for anyone," Vaze claimed.

Singh had earlier claimed that Deshmukh had asked police officers to extort 100 crore from bars and restaurants. Deshmukh has denied any wrongdoing.

Vaze also claimed that in November 2020, he was approached by a person called Darshan Ghodawat.

Ghodawat had introduced himself as a "very close circle person" of a senior cabinet minister and explained to him about the illegal gutkha and tobacco trade in Maharashtra, Vaze said.

"Ghodawat insisted that I should collect 100 crore from these illegal gutkha sellers. I had categorically (said no to) do any such illegal act," Waze added.

Meanwhile, the NIA custody of Vaze, arrested by the central agency on March 13, was extended till April 9 by the special court.

Vaze was reinstated in June last year after being under suspension for over 15 years for his alleged role in a custodial death case.

Credited with eliminating 63 alleged criminals in encounters, the 1990-batch officer of the state cadre was suspended in 2004 over his alleged role in the custodial death of the 2002 Ghatkopar blast suspect Khwaja Yunus.

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