In a sensational revelation, former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh on Saturday, in a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, alleged that Home Minister Anil Deshmukh (NCP leader) had asked Sachin Vaze to collect Rs 100 crore every month from bars, restaurants and other establishments in the state.
While making such explosive claims, Param said that Vaze, who was heading the Crime Intelligence Unit of the Crime Branch of the Mumbai Police, was called by Deshmukh to his official residence Dyaneshwar several times in the last few months and repeatedly instructed to assist in the collection of funds for him.
As written in the letter, the Home Minister expressed to Vaze that he had a target to accumulate Rs 100 crore a month. For achieving the target, Deshmukh ordered Vaze that there are about 1,750 bars, restaurants and other establishments in Mumbai and if a sum of Rs 2-3 lakhs each was collected from each of them, a monthly collection of Rs 40-50 crores was achievable.
Param further wrote that Deshmukh instructed Vaze to take care of the remaining collection from other sources. However, defending himself, Deshmukh claimed that Param has made false allegations in order to save himself.
"The former Commissioner of Police, Parambir Singh has made false allegations in order to save himself as the involvement of Sachin Waze in Mukesh Ambani & Mansukh Hiren’s case is becoming clearer from the investigation carried out so far & threads are leading to Mr. Singh as well," he said in a tweet.
Meanwhile, Leader of opposition in Maharashtra Assembly, Devendra Fadnavis said that the state home minister should either resign or Thackeray must sack him over his alleged association with Mumbai cop.
"We demand Maharashtra home minister's resignation. If he doesn't then CM must remove him," the former chief minister said shortly after Param's letter got viral.