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NCP chief rubbishes Anil Deshmukh’s resignation rumours over corruption allegations

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: Amid rising speculations over Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh’s resignation in connection with former Mumbai police chief Param Bir Singh’s corruption allegations, the Nationalist Congress Party chief Sahrad Pawar on Monday ruled out the possibility of his resignation.

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The ailing Home Minister allegedly met police officer Sachin Vaz in hospital and discussed an extortion racket Mr Sahrad said addressing the media. “Anil Deshmukh was in hospital during that period. So it such situation question does not arise about the resignation”.

Furthermore, the Shiv Sena also questioned the need for Mr Deshmukh’s resignation this morning and if the key parties are open to the idea of probing the issue, moving from its initial conclusion that the minister should go.

Mr Pawar said there was no pressure from the Sena regarding the resignation of Mr Deshmukh.

Sharad Pawar, who has called for a probe into the allegations of Param Bir Singh against NCP leader and state HM Anil Deshmukh, said, “We will share all these records with the Chief Minister of Maharashtra. The question of resignation does not arise now.”

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Sharing the information, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar on Sunday said that he would suggest an independent investigation by former top cop Julio Ribeiro. A senior leader of the state’s ruling alliance also told media that the allegations against Mr Deshmukh are “serious” and CM Uddhav Thackeray thinks he has to go. Mr Thackeray himself has called a meeting of the state law and justice ministry officials at 4.30 pm today.

Former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh, who was recently removed as the Mumbai police commissioner over the Sachin Vaze case, has made grave allegations in opposition to Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh, accusing him of extreme malpractices in a letter to chief minister Uddhav Thackeray. In his letter to the Chief Minister, Singh said that Mr Deshmukh had interfered with the Ambani bomb scare probe and led an extortion racket with suspended policeman Sachin Vaze – a Shiv Sena member. Singh also revealed that they were set a target of ₹ 100 crore every month. He also wrote that the  state Home Minister, on several occasions, had instructed police officers on how to handle cases and file charges, bypassing him and other senior officers.

Mr Singh was replaced as police chief last week owing to the alleged mismanagement of the Ambani bomb scare case. His letter to the Chief Minister followed his removal as Mumbai Police Commissioner.

Mr Deshmukh, however, rubbished all the allegations and said that the former Mumbai top cop is trying to save himself as he is afraid that Vaze’s alleged hyperlinks to the Mukesh Ambani safety scare case and the dying of Mansukh Hiran will come out. The politician also alleged to sue Mr Singh for defamation.

Param Bir Singh was transferred to the Home Guard on March 17 after police officer Sachin Vaze, famously known as “encounter specialist” was arrested in the case involving a explosives laden SUV found abandoned near the building of Reliance chairman Mukesh Ambani earlier this month. There were allegations that Sachin Vaze was linked to the death of Hiran, believed to be the owner of the explosives-filled vehicle.

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