A contemporary ‘letter bomb’ exploded in Mumbai on Wednesday. The letter was handwritten by arrested assistant police inspector Sachin Vaze, and addressed to NIA particular court docket, names three Maharashtra ministers. They embody Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s proper hand man, transport minister Anil Parab.
Within the four-page handwritten letter, Vaze alleged that the then house minister Anil Deshmukh, deputy CM Ajit Pawar and Anil Parab requested him to “accumulate” extortion cash. Vaze alleged that Anil Parab requested him to provoke talks with SBUT (Saifee Burhani Enchancment Belief) for a “Rs 50-crore settlement” to shut an inquiry. In accordance with the letter, Anil Parab requested Vaze to determine fraudulent BMC contractors and demand a minimum of Rs 2 crore from 50 of them.
In his letter, Vaze wrote how house minister Anil Deshmukh demanded Rs 2 crore to reinstate him after NCP supremo Sharad Pawar thought of cancelling Vaze’s appointment. Vaze additionally alleged that in November, 2020, one Darshan Ghodawat, claiming to be “very shut” to Ajit Pawar requested him to gather Rs 100 crore a month from unlawful gutkha sellers. The person, in response to Vaze, defined to him about “unlawful gutkha and tobacco commerce” in Maharashtra and gave him cellphone numbers. “The mentioned Mr (man) insisted I ought to accumulate a month-to-month quantity of Rs 100 crore from these unlawful gutkha sellers”, Vaze wrote in his letter. Waze wrote, he was warned by Darshan Ghodawat, he would lose his put up if he refused to do such an unlawful act. He claimes, Darshan requested him to satisfy gutkha merchants and inform them to satisfy Ajit Pawar.
The letter reiterated ex-police chief Parambir Singh’s allegation that Anil Deshmukh had requested cops to rearrange a group of Rs three lakh to Rs three.5 lakh every from 1,680 bars and eating places.
The letter says, in August 2020, Vaze was known as to Anil Parab’s official bungalow and requested to look into the SBUT grievance, which was beneath preliminary inquiry. He was advised to “deliver the trustees for negotiations concerning the inquiry”. He (Parab) additionally “insisted to provoke major talks to get Rs 50 crore from SBUT to shut the mentioned inquiry. I expressed my incapacity to do any things like I have no idea anybody from SBUT and I additionally didn’t have any management over the inquiry”, the letter mentioned.
Waze additionally alleged that in January this yr, Parab known as him to his bungalow and “requested me to look into the inquiry towards fraudulent contractors listed within the BMC”. The letter says, “he advised me to gather a minimum of Rs 2 crores from about 50 such contractors. He mentioned the inquiry is present process on an nameless grievance. The mentioned inquiry was beneath preliminary inquiry within the CIU and till my switch from CIU, nothing incriminating was discovered”.
In his letter, Sachin Vaze claimed he was harmless and was framed as a result of he refused to hold out extortions. However was he certainly harmless? One ought to attempt to perceive the that means of the allegations that he has made in his letter.
There was one other growth on Wednesday. A confidential report ready by Jt. Commissioner (Crime) of Mumbai Police, Milind Bharambe says, the crime department chief had objected to the posting of Sachin Vaze in CIU in June final yr, after his reinstatement following a 17-year suspension, however he was overruled by the then-police chief Parambir Singh. The then JCP(crime) Santosh Rastogi unwillingly agreed, says the report.
The report says, Sachin Vaze by no means reported to any officer of the crime department throughout his 9 months’ tenure from June 2020 to March 12 this yr. No officer of the crime department gave any evaluate opinion/instructions in investigations dealt with by Waze as a result of he straight reported to the commissioner, the report mentioned.
Take a look at the timing. Three hours after this confidential report was leaked to the media, Sachin Vaze’s handwritten letter written to the NIA court docket surfaced. In his letter, Vaze claims he was framed as a result of he refused to adjust to ministers’ orders to “accumulate” cash. In his letter, Vaze has spared two high leaders – NCP supremo Sharad Pawar and Shiv Sena supremo Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
Reacting to Waze’s letter, Shiv Sena chief Anil Parab mentioned, he knew BJP leaders had been claiming that he could be the subsequent minister to give up. “They (BJP leaders) had been planning this for final a number of days, and as soon as CBI took up the probe, they used Waze to coach his weapons at me”, Parab mentioned. He additionally took an emotional line and mentioned, “I’ve learnt politics from Bal Thackeray. I can’t commit such acts. I swear on the top of my two daughters, I didn’t do something unsuitable”.
Think about, Sachin Waze was in Shiv Sena. One other encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma was a Shiv Sena candidate. If these cops blame Shiv Sena leaders for corruption, how can their allegations be ignored? Anil Parab mentioned this was a plan to defame the Shiv Sena. A number of days in the past, Anil Deshmukh mentioned the identical factor earlier than he needed to give up after the Excessive Courtroom order. How can anybody settle for Parab’s declare that it’s the BJP which is orchestrating all the pieces and forcing Waze to write down a letter to the court docket?
Right here I want to point out: Sachin Waze shouldn’t be an upright police officer. All of the evidences which have surfaced over the previous couple of weeks clearly present that he was concerned in objectionable acts. Waze was near some high leaders. He’s being suspected to be concerned in a homicide and finishing up a conspiracy to plant explosives. His fleet of luxurious automobiles, his completely booked lodge room, a foreign money notice counting machine, all these evidences clearly level in the direction of his shady character. Waze shouldn’t be harmless. It seems, he was hand in gloves with these towards whom he has levelled costs. Now that the can of worms has opened, they’re hurling costs towards each other to save lots of their very own pores and skin.
Claims and counter-claims aside, the scene that’s rising in Maharashtra clearly signifies that the state authorities is attempting to show that Sachin Waze was Parambir Singh’s man, whereas the ex-police chief alleges that Waze was Anil Deshmukh’s man. It doesn’t matter whom Waze was working for, however the truth has now come out within the open that an assistant police inspector in Mumbai was amassing crores of rupees.
There are three elements to Sachin Waze’s letter: First, Maharashtra authorities right now sought to create the impression that Waze was ex-police chief Parambir Singh’s man. It was Parambir who appointed him to go the Crime Intelligence Unit. He used to report on to the police commissioner.
Second, the state authorities sought to distance Anil Deshmukh from Sachin Waze, to indicate that the ex-minister was not concerned on this ‘assortment’ enterprise. However right now’s letter from Sachin Waze clearly substantiates Parambir’s allegation that it was Deshmukh who requested him to gather Rs 100 crore from bars and eating places.
The third and most essential facet of Waze’s letter is that he was not attempting to reveal the scandal. He was solely attempting to mission himself as harmless and that he had refused to obey the orders of ministers to extort cash. His letter clearly exhibits that his lawyer can be making this plea whereas defending Waze in court docket.
One has to take into account that Sachin Waze was not an harmless and upright police officer. He remained suspended from service for 16 years on costs of faux encounters and extortions. He had a room booked in an costly 5-star lodge for 100 days a yr. He owned seven luxurious automobiles although his wage was Rs 60,000 a month. Every of those luxurious automobiles prices greater than Rs one crore.
After going by his letter, I’ve no hesitation in saying that Sachin Waze has a diabolical thoughts. He needs to extricate himself out of the mess by portraying himself as an harmless police officer who refused to toe his ministers’ line. Waze needs to make others as scapegoats for crimes of extortion dedicated by him and his cronies.
It’s now for the courts to resolve on the case taking all circumstantial evidences and statements of witnesses under consideration. Solely then will Sachin Vaze’s accusations levelled towards three high ministers of the Maharashtra authorities might be evaluated.
For the second, the issues are piling up one upon one other for Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. The opposition BJP has acquired a readymade scandal to coach its weapons on the coalition authorities. The Chief Minister is now busy preventing a two-pronged protracted battle, one, towards corruption costs and two, towards the ever-expanding Covid pandemic in his state.
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