Waze’s revelations come just days after former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh also levelled corruption allegations against Deshmukh, for which he is facing a CBI inquiry.
It also comes on a day the Mumbai Police submitted a report against Waze, claiming he had close links to Singh and used to report to him directly.
‘Deshmukh asked me to collect money from bars, restaurants’
Waze made the claims in a letter submitted to a special NIA court in Mumbai.
In the letter, 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 Rs 2 crore,” Waze claimed in the four-page handwritten letter.
Waze said he expressed his inability to pay such a huge sum.
“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.
Waze 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, Waze claimed.
“He also insisted to initiate primary talks to get Rs 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,” Waze added.
Waze’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 Rs 2 crore from about 50 such contractors.
The said inquiry was based on an anonymous complaint, Waze added.
In his letter, Waze alleged that Maharashtra minister Anil Parab had instructed him to collect money from contractors.
Transport minister Parab rejected the allegations made by Waze, saying they were incorrect and aimed at maligning his image. He said he is ready to face any probe.
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.
The letter also claimed that Deshmukh had asked Waze to collect Rs 3 lakh to Rs 3.5 lakh each from around 1,650 bars and restaurants in Mumbai.
This claim was also made by Param Bir Singh in his PIL against Deshmukh.
Singh had said that Waze had told him about Deshmukh’s demand.
The suspended cop confirmed that he had 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,” Waze claimed.
Waze 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, Waze said.
“Ghodawat insisted that I should collect Rs 100 crore from these illegal gutkha sellers. I had categorically (said no to) do any such illegal act,” Waze added.
A special court on Wednesday extended the NIA custody of Waze till April 9.
Waze is being probed for his role in the explosives-laden SUV found near industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s residence as well as the death of Thane-based businessman Mansukh Hiran.
‘Waze was Param Bir’s blue-eyed boy’
Meanwhile, the Mumbai police commissioner said that Waze was posted to the Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU) of the Mumbai Police on the instructions of Param Bir Singh.
In a report submitted to the Maharashtra home department, top cop Hemant Nagrale said that Waze used to report directly to Singh and bypassed others.
The report gave details of API Waze’s nine-month-long tenure in CIU, saying he was reinstated by Singh in June 2020 despite opposition from top police officers.
“As per the information given on telephone, the then Jt CP (Crime) had strongly opposed for posting of Sachin Waze. But at the insistence of the then CoP (Singh), the then Jt CP (Crime) unwillingly issued the office order for posting of Waze at CIU,” the report said.
“Two Police Inspectors – Sudhakar Deshmukh and Vinay Ghorpade – were transferred to Units 01 and 10, ostensibly to make way for Waze, who was of a lower API rank, but was posted as in charge of the CIU,” it said.
(With inputs from PTI, IANS)
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