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DCP & ACP named by ex-top cop in his letter sing a different tune | India News


MUMBAI: The controversy over hafta collection from bars and restaurants that led to Anil Deshmukh’s resignation as Maharashtra home minister has taken a twist, with two police officers who were relied upon by former police commissioner Param Bir Singh to support his allegation taking a different stand.
Immediately after Singh was transferred as Home Guards DGP on March 17, he had alleged in his eight-page letter addressed to CM Uddhav Thackeray that Deshmukh had called API Sachin Waze to his official bungalow and asked him to collect Rs 100 crore from bars and hoteliers and other establishments.
Singh had also annexed WhatsApp chats between him and ACP Sanjay Patil (see graphic) to support his claim. Deshmukh had claimed Singh asked some questions to Patil and got the answers he expected and this was part of a larger plot.
Patil, in his statement dated March 22 recorded as part of the internal inquiry, told JCP (crime ) Milind Barambe that on March 1, he had met Deshmukh along with other police officers to brief him about a raid conducted at a hookah parlour in Thane. But before or after this visit, he had never met the then home minister.
Patil further said that he met Waze at the ‘official premises’ where the latter told him he had come to brief Deshmukh about some investigation. Waze told him the minister sought information about the collection of Rs 3 lakh each from 1,650 bars and restaurants in Mumbai, Patil said in his statement.
But the ACP in the statement said he was unaware whether the meeting between Waze and Deshmukh took place or not, he said.
Singh’s letter had said, “Shri Patil along with DCP Bhujbal were called at the official residence of the Hon’ble Home Minister for a meeting (on March 4.) While ACP Patil and DCP Bhujbal were made to wait outside the Hon’ble Home Minister’s cabin, Mr Palande (Deshmukh’s personal secretary) went inside the chamber of the Hon’ble Home Minister and after coming out took ACP Patil and DCP Bhujbal on the side. Mr. Palande informed ACP Patil that the Hon’ble Home Minister was targeting a collection of Rs. 40-50 crores which was possible through an approximate 1,750 bars.”
DCP Bhujbal said he had attended a meeting on March 4 at Deshmukh’s residence as a nodal officer to brief the seniors about the issues related to crime and others. When asked if he met Deshmukh and his assistant and if there was any discussion on money collection from bars and restaurants, Bhujbal said ACP Patil later came there and he told the minister’s assistant that the information about such establishments was not based on facts.

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