According to the India Today report, the motion on behalf of former minister Ashish Shelar said, “In a letter to the NIA court, Waje has alleged that he was forced into extortion. During this, he had named Deputy CM Ajit Pawar and Minister Anil Parab. The CBI should investigate the allegations against both of them.
Earlier, former Mumbai Police Commissioner Parambir Singh had leveled corruption charges against former state home minister Anil Deshmukh. It was only after this that the flames of CBI’s investigation reached Deshmukh as well. He resigned from the post of Home Minister after the inquiry was ordered. Singh had alleged in the letter that Deshmukh had asked Sachin Waje to recover crores of rupees from restaurants and bars in Mumbai.
Speaking to reporters, BJP state president Chandrakant Patil said, “Anil Deshmukh is facing CBI investigation. Similar or more serious allegations have been leveled by Sachin Waje on Ajit Pawar. That’s why they should also be investigated by CBI. He informed, ‘We have passed the resolution in the state executive meeting today.’ However, the Nationalist Congress Party accused the BJP of misuse of power.
NCP national spokesperson Nawab Malik said, “The CBI is already probing the case. We are not afraid of any investigation, but it shows how BJP is misusing central agencies for political gains.
ED raids Deshmukh’s house
On Friday, the Enforcement Directorate, which is probing the money laundering case, raided Deshmukh’s Mumbai and Nagpur residences. According to media reports, officials have said that this guerilla action has been taken under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). During this, a large number of police and Central Police Force personnel were present with the ED. Earlier on April 24, about 10 places of the former Home Minister were raided.