CBI grills Mumbai Police Commissioner, Sanjay Pandey – The New Indian Express


NEW DELHI: The CBI questioned Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Pandey on Saturday as part of its investigation into former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh in a corruption case, officials said on Saturday .

Pandey was questioned for nearly six hours over allegations of trying to influence former commissioner Param Bir Singh to withdraw his case against Deshmukh as the Bombay High Court hears the case, they said.

The agency convicted Deshmukh and other unidentified individuals under the criminal association sections of the ICC and the Prevention of Corruption Act section of “attempting to obtain an improper advantage for abusive and dishonest exercise of a public function”.

In his letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, after being removed from his post as Mumbai Police Commissioner, Param Bir Singh had alleged that Deshmukh had asked Sachin Waze, a Mumbai police officer now sacked in a violation case of Antilia security, to extort more than Rs 100 crore a month from bars and restaurants in Mumbai, they said.

“The preliminary prima facie investigation revealed that a recognizable offense is established in this case, in which the then Maharashtra Home Minister, Shri Anil Deshmukh and other unknown persons attempted to gain advantage undue for the improper and dishonest performance of their public duty,” the CBI FIR alleged.

According to the CBI manual, a preliminary investigation is opened to assess whether there are sufficient prima facie elements in the allegations to pursue a regular case for a full-fledged investigation, officials said. The CBI investigation revealed that Waze, who was later arrested by the NIA, had been reinstated into the police force after being out of service for more than 15 years.

Waze was entrusted with most of the sensational and important cases of the Mumbai City Police and Deshmukh, then Home Minister, was aware of said fact, according to the FIR. The FIR alleged that Deshmukh “and others” exercised improper influence over the transfer and posting of officials and thereby exercised improper influence over the performance of their official duties.

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