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Sharad Pawar says allegations against Anil Deshmukh “serious” & “requires probe”


With the attack by the Opposition BJP against the Maharashtra government intensifying, Sharad Pawar, whose party NCP is a part of the coalition running the state, said that the allegations levelled by former Mumbai police chief Param Bir Singh against home minister Anil Deshmukh are serious and require an in-depth probe.

Pawar, while talking to reporters in Delhi, suggested that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will take a decision in this matter and also action against Deshmukh. Singh has claimed that Anil Deshmukh wanted police officers to extort Rs 100 crore monthly from bars and hotels.

Pawar said neither the chief minister nor the state home minister was responsible for the reinstatement of police officer Sachin Waze in the police force last year.

The NCP chief said he has spoken to Thackeray regarding Singh’s letter. “I would suggest to Uddhav Thackeray to seek former IPS officer Julio Ribeiro’s help for looking into the claims made by Param Bir Singh,” he added.

Pawar said Singh made the allegations after his transfer on March 17 to the Home Guards.

No impact on MVA government, says Sharad Pawar

The NCP supremo said there is no impact on the MVA government because of Singh’s allegations. Efforts are on to destabilise the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government in Maharashtra but they will prove futile, he added.

In the eight-page letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Singh alleged that Deshmukh used to call police officers to his official residence and give them a “collection target” from bars, restaurants, and other establishments.


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