New Delhi: Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Sunday(March 28) said that allegations levelled by ex-Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh against him will be investigated by a retired High Court judge. He said, “Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray has decided that the allegations levelled against me by former Mumbai Police Commissioner will be probed by a retired high court judge.”
This is the latest development in a case that started with the discovery of an explosive-laden SUV near the residence of India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani and has now reached the top echelons of the state government with the Home Minister being accused by the former Mumbai top cop of running an extortion gang in Mumbai through suspended Police officer Sachin Vaze.
Param Bir Singh even moved the Supreme Court, which sternly asked him to approach the Bombay High Court for redressal.
Furthermore, former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis raked up another issue as he produced a letter reportedly written by former State Intelligence Department Commissioner Rashmi Shukla on August 25, 2020, which stated that there was a transfer and posting racket of police officers.
Another question that has come into the limelight is how extortion gangs are being run by people who have been booked under the stringent the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), 1999 with the alleged help from some of the people who are in high positions of power.
Speaking to India Ahead Editor-in-Chief Bhupendra Chaubey on the condition of anonymity a businessman from Mumbai said, “I received a call from an international number and was asked to pay a ransom by Ejaz Lakdawala and I submitted a police complaint after which I got a call the next day which asked me why I had approached the Police which means that they knew about my movement. He further threatened me by saying said I can go wherever I want but nothing will come of it.”