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CBI calls personal assistants of ex-Maha Home Minister Anil Deshmukh for questioning

The two assistants Sanjeev Palande and Kundan will be questioned in connection with the preliminary enquiry registered by the agency on the directives of the Bombay High Court, said CBI.

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Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) (File Photo)

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Sunday called the personal assistants of former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh for questioning regarding the allegations levelled by ex-Commissioner of Mumbai Police, Param Bir Singh.

The two assistants Sanjeev Palande and Kundan will be questioned in connection with the preliminary enquiry registered by the agency on the directives of the Bombay High Court, said CBI.

Para Bir Singh has alleged that Palande was present in the meeting in which Deshmukh had asked suspended cop Sachin Vaze to extort Rs 100 crores a month from bars and restaurants of Mumbai. Vaze has now been arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in the case of explosive laden SUV found near industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s house. Mansukh Hiren, the owner of the SUV vehicle was found dead days later after the incident in a creek. His wife accused that Vaze was involved in the murder of her husband.

Vaze, in his statement, had reportedly claimed that Kundan was present during one such conversation. The agency started its preliminary inquiry into allegations of bribery against Deshmukh on Tuesday on the orders of the high court. It sent a team of officers from Delhi to Mumbai to carry out the probe. The CBI has already questioned Vaze, Singh and other officers of the Mumbai Police.