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10 DCPs paid ₹40 cr to Deshmukh, Parab to reverse transfer order: Waze to ED

PTI Mumbai | Updated on September 17, 2021

The statement is part of charge sheet filed recently by the ED against Deshmukh's former personal secretary Sanjeev Palande and personal assistant Kundan Shinde in connection with a money laundering case

Maharashtra Transport Minister Anil Parab and his then cabinet colleague Anil Deshmukh allegedly received ₹40 crore from 10 DCPs in Mumbai to reverse the order of their transfer issued by the then city police commissioner Param Bir Singh, dismissed police officer Sachin Waze has claimed in his statement to the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

This statement is part of charge sheet filed recently by the ED against Deshmukh's former personal secretary Sanjeev Palande and personal assistant Kundan Shinde in connection with a money laundering case.

In July 2020, Param Bir Singh had issued an order of transfer of 10 DCPs in Mumbai.

Waze, in his statement claimed that Deshmukh, who was then the Home Minister, and Parab were not happy with the transfer order issued by Singh. “Later I came to know that a sum of ₹40 crore was collected from the police officers listed in the transfer order. Out of that ₹20 crore each were given to Anil Deshmukh and Anil Parab,” Waze claimed.

Besides the arrested duo - Palande and Shinde - the charge-sheet filed in the money laundering case also names Waze as an accused. However, neither Deshmukh, an NCP leader, nor his family members were named as accused in the charge sheet.

Palande and Shinde are currently in judicial custody in the case.

Also read: ED summons Anil Deshmukh for questioning day after arresting his 2 aides

Waze, an assistant police inspector in Mumbai, was arrested in March this year in connection with the explosives-SUV found parked near industrialist Mukesh Ambani's south Mumbai residence and the murder of Thane businessman Mansukh Hiran.

The charge-sheet says that Palande and Shinde had played a key role in the money laundering case.

The central agency said its probe has revealed that Deshmukh used to call Waze about handing over money collected from bars and restaurants. For instance, between January and February 2021, Waze handed over 16 bags containing ₹4.6 crore to Shinde, while Palande was instrumental in passing on the instructions of the NCP leader to Waze.

The ED launched a probe against Deshmukh and his associates after the CBI filed an FIR against the NCP leader on April 21 following allegations of corruption made by Param Bir Singh.

Singh was shunted out as Mumbai police commissioner in March this year, while Deshmukh resigned as a minister in April.

Published on September 17, 2021

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