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No more evidence or cross-examination against Anil Deshmukh: Ex-top Cop

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Mumbai: In the recent event of developments, former Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh – who first made the allegations against former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh for alleged money laundering – has now submitted an affidavit before a judicial commission that he neither wants to show any further evidence, nor does he want any cross examination in the matter.

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This comes at a time when the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has arrested Anil Deshmukh late Monday after questioning him for over 12 hours in a money-laundering case linked to an alleged extortion racket in the state police establishment. The minister was sent to custody till November 6.

Singh, through his lawyer, made this submission to the Chandiwal Commission earlier this month, before the panel’s hearing on 28 October, ThePrint has learnt.

Param Bir Singh’s lawyer on Wednesday confirmed that the senior IPS officer submitted the affidavit in a previous hearing of the commission.

In March this year, the Maharashtra government formed the one-member commission of retired Justice Kailash Uttamchand Chandiwal to probe Param Bir Singh’s allegations against Anil Deshmukh.

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Despite the commission issuing multiple summons and a bailable warrant against Param Bir Singh, he has not appeared before the it so far.

The commission had thrice imposed fines on Param Bir Singh – of ₹ 5,000 in June and ₹ 25,000 each on two other occasions – for failing to appear before it.

On the latest development, special public prosecutor in the case, Shishir Hirey, appearing for the inquiry commission, said, “Param Bir Singh has refused to give any more evidence in the matter other than the letter that he had initially forwarded to the chief minister and the home minister.”

He is also not ready for a cross-examination, Shishir Hirey said.

Last week, two non-bailable warrants were also issued against Singh in Mumbai and neighbouring Thane district in connection with different extortion cases registered at local police stations.

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Days after he was removed from the post of Mumbai police commissioner and transferred to the Home Guards in March this year, Singh had claimed in a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray that Anil Deshmukh used to ask police officers to collect money from restaurant and bar owners in Mumbai.

Anil Deshmukh resigned from the post of state home minister in April this year. The NCP leader has repeatedly denied the allegations against him.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) are probing the allegations made against Anil Deshmukh by Singh.

Anil Deshmukh was on Monday arrested by the ED in connection with a money laundering case linked to an alleged extortion racket in the state police. He was on Tuesday remanded in the ED’s custody till November 6.

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