New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday conducted raids in 12 locations in connection with the case related to allegations of corruption against ex-Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, officials said on Wednesday. The places where the raids took place included the residences of ACP Sanjay Patil and DCP Raju Bhujbal.
The raids were conducted at Mumbai, Pune, Ahmednagar, Nashik, Thane, Solapur, Sangli, and Osmanabad, the officials added.
The residence of Patil in Pune and Mumbai, and those of Bhujbal in Ahmednagar and Mumbai were part of the raids which concluded on Tuesday night.
The other premises belonged to middlemen whose identity has not been revealed by the CBI.
Deshmukh and others have been booked for criminal conspiracy and sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act for “attempting to obtain undue advantage for improper and dishonest performance of public duty”.
In his letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray after he was removed from the Mumbai police commissioner’s post, Param Bir Singh had alleged that Deshmukh asked Assistant Police Inspector Sachin Waze to extort over Rs 100 crore a month from the bars and restaurants of the city, the officials said.
“The preliminary enquiry prima facie revealed that a cognizable offence is made out in the matter, wherein the then home minister of Maharashtra, Anil Deshmukh, and unknown others have attempted to obtain undue advantage for improper and dishonest performance of their public duty,” the CBI FIR alleges.
Wave was reinstated back into the Mumbai Police after being suspended for more than 15 years after the Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance came to power in the state.
The FIR further alleges that Deshmukh “and others” exercised undue influence over the transfer and posting of officials, thereby exercising undue influence over the performance of their official duties.
With inputs from PTI