Maharashtra Transport Minister Anil Parab and his then cabinet colleague Anil Deshmukh allegedly received Rs 40 crore from Mumbai’s 10 DCPs for overturning their transfer order issued by the then city police commissioner Param Bir Singh, the sacked police officer. Sachin Vaze has claimed in his statement. to the Enforcement Directorate (ED).
The statement is part of a chargesheet filed by the ED recently against Deshmukh’s former private secretary Sanjeev Palande and personal assistant Kundan Shinde in a money laundering case.
In July 2020, Param Bir Singh issued the transfer order of 10 DCPs in Mumbai.
Vaze claimed in its statement that Deshmukh, who was then the Home Minister and was not happy with the transfer order issued by Parab Singh. “Later I came to know that an amount of ₹40 crore was collected from the police officers listed in the transfer order. Of that ₹20 crore was given to Anil Deshmukh and Anil Parab,” claimed Vaze.
Apart from the arrested pair – Palande and Shinde – Wez has also been named as an accused in the chargesheet filed in the money laundering case. However, neither NCP leader Deshmukh nor his family members were named as accused in the chargesheet.
Palande and Shinde are currently in judicial custody in this case.
Vaze, an assistant police inspector in Mumbai, was arrested in March this year in connection with the murder of an explosive-SUV parked near industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s south Mumbai residence and Thane-based businessman Mansukh Hiran.
The chargesheet states that Palande and Shinde played a key role in the money laundering case.
The central agency said its investigation revealed that Deshmukh used to call Waze to hand over the money collected from bars and restaurants. For example, between January and February 2021, Vaze handed over 16 bags containing ₹4.6 crore to Shinde, while Palande was instrumental in passing the NCP leader’s instructions to Waze.
The ED launched an investigation against Deshmukh and his associates after the CBI registered an FIR against the NCP leader on April 21 following allegations of corruption leveled by Parambir Singh.
Singh was removed from the post of Mumbai Police Commissioner in March this year, while Deshmukh resigned as the minister in April.