Singh’s allegation has merit: intelligence report had flagged corruption

Maharashtra political crisis: Intelligence Commissioner had alerted DGP on malpractices in postings in August 2020: No action taken, was shunted out

geetanjali

Geetanjali Minhas | March 23, 2021 | Mumbai


#Maharashtra   #Mumbai   #crime   #politics   #Param Bir Singh   #Anil Deshmukh   #Uddhav Thackeray  


The political crisis in Maharashtra is turning murkier. As former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh has gone to the Supreme Court, seeking a CBI inquiry against home minister Anil Deshmukh, one of his contentions turns out to be well grounded: An intelligence officer had flagged corruption and malpractices but no action was taken.

Singh, removed as city police head, last week wrote a letter to chief minister Uddhav Thackeray and governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, accusing the home minister of running an extortion racket. On Monday, he filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court seeking a direction to the CBI for conducting an unbiased probe into Deshmukh’s alleged "corrupt malpractices".

The petition says the Commissioner Intelligence of State Intelligence Department had alerted the department about malpractices in postings and transfers by Deshmukh.
.
“It is reliably learnt that on or about 24/ 25 August 2020, one Rashmi Shukla, the Commissioner Intelligence, State Intelligence Department, Government of Maharashtra, had brought it to the knowledge of the Additional Chief Secretary, Home Department, Government of Maharashtra, about corrupt malpractices in postings/transfers by Shri Anil Deshmukh based on telephonic interception. She was shunted out rather than taking any firm action against said Shri Anil Deshmukh,” says the petition.
 
It has come to light that on August 25, Shukla had indeed written to the DGP, Maharashtra, Subodh Kumar Jaiswal, on the police and political nexus. “Upon receipt of numerous complaints alleging that a network of ‘brokers’ had emerged, particularly individuals with firmly ingrained political connections, are engaged in arranging desired postings for police officers in exchange for massive monetary compensation. In order to authenticate these charges, phone numbers of individuals were placed under telephonic surveillance, with due regard to the established process. The reason for surveillance was to curtail the commitment of criminal offence(s) and prevent the breach of trust,” Shukla writes in the letter.

“Consequently upon review of the gathered data it is clear that there is significant merit in these allegations. It has been discovered that the aforementioned ‘brokers’ are in close contact and embroiled in these negotiations with several influential [persons] …The police officers ranging from Inspectors to several high ranking IPS officers are in contact with such undesirable individuals. It is observed that the obtained information and evidence is highly incriminating and gravely incriminates a number of individuals engaged in this activity,” says the letter.

It also says that a similar situation had arisen in June 2017 when Mumbai Police had registered offence u/s 402, 419,465,467,468, 471, 170, 511, 34 IPC r/w 120 B and 66(d) IT Act, to probe the matter and arrested 7 accused (one of the accused Banda Nawaj Maner is found to be active again) submitted charge sheet in the court and the case is pending trail.
 
The letter further states that detailed and factual report substantiating the findings is enclosed and surveillance transcripts are enclosed in sealed envelope. It asks for high level inquiry against all stakeholder engaged in activity and said that the matter should be immediately brought to the notice of the chief minister as its casts aspersions against credibility and functioning of government and as a result erode public faith and trust in administrative machinery and integrity of police department.

Jaiswal then wrote to additional home secretary Sitaram Kunte, recommending that the matter be brought to immediate attention of the chief minister and ordering of immediate and comprehensive inquiry State CID, Pune, to identify concerned Individuals and taking necessary legal action. He advised maintaining secrecy of report to prevent unnecessary scrutiny and which may bring disrepute to government.
 

Comments

 

Other News

Thackeray launches three fast-track DNA units under Nirbhaya scheme

Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray has launched three state-of-the-art human DNA units under the Nirbhaya Scheme for efficiency in criminal investigations. A wildlife DNA unit in Nagpur makes Maharashtra the country’s first state to have a forensic testing lab for animals.  

How foreign policy has been Modi’s focus right from the start

The Midway Battle: Modi’s Roller-coaster Second Term By Gautam Chintamani Bloomsbury / 400 pages / Rs 699 Gautam Chintamani, a film historian and author, has penned an in-depth chronicle of prime minister Narendra Modi’s second

Remove unauthorized constructions without pressure: Thackeray to BMC

Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray has instructed the Mumbai civic authorities to take immediate action on unauthorized constructions on war footing. In a virtual meeting held on Wednesday, Thackeray said no illegal construction will be tolerated in Mumbai and called upon the BMC to

Covid norms relaxed; Mumbai restaurants, shops to remain open longer

After extending timings of shops and restaurants as well as the reopening of cinema halls and theatres under specified SOPs from October 22, in view of the festive cheer, the Maharashtra government has allowed restaurants and eateries to remain open till 12AM and shops and establishments to function till 1

Global Hunger Index data collection flawed: Arvind Panagariya

Rubbishing the recently released Global Hunger Index 2021, wherein India has slipped to 101 position to be placed below Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh, Arvind Panagariya, professor of economics at Columbia University and former vice chairman, NITI Aayog, has said that data collection and methodologies used

‘Blue Zones’ concept of healthy living and its relevance in India

A long life span free from diseases and disability, the so-called healthy aging, has been a matter of prime interest to humanity. It is widely held that the life expectancy is a function of interplay between various genetic and environmental factors. There is scientific evidence to support the fact that on

Visionary Talk with Dr Arvind Panagariya, Professor, Columbia University & Former VC, NITI Aayog



Archives

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter