Anil Deshmukh denies any involvement in the formation of the probe committee or the appointment of Sachin Vaze as CIU Chief

by Web Desk | Published: 21 Jan 2022

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Former State Home Minister Anil Deshmukh denied on Friday that he was involved in the formation of the one-member inquiry committee that is looking into allegations of corruption levelled against him by former top officer Parambir Singh. After Singh selected suspended cop Sachin Vaze as the head of the city police's Crime Investigation Unit (CIU), the senior NCP leader told the inquiry committee led by Justice (retd.) Kailash Chandiwal that he had received a few oral complaints. Vaze proceeded to cross-examine Deshmukh in front of Justice Chandiwal's committee on Friday. Deshmukh denied playing a role in the creation of a one-member investigative team to look into the corruption charges levelled against him during cross-examination.
 
"After reading Singh's letter and seeing that these were false and nasty claims, I urged to the Chief Minister that an investigation be launched," Deshmukh said, adding, "I had requested the CM to create a committee, and he might have begun it after that." Deshmukh also admitted to the inquiry that he was unfamiliar with how the home ministry operates and that he had gathered and researched literature on the subject.
 
"After reading Singh's letter and seeing that these were false and nasty claims, I urged to the Chief Minister that an investigation be launched," Deshmukh said, adding, "I had requested the CM to create a committee, and he might have begun it after that." Deshmukh also admitted to the inquiry that he was unfamiliar with how the home ministry operates and that he had gathered and researched literature on the subject. Sanjeev Palande, his assistant, is also a defendant in the case, and the top NCP leader has denied handpicking him.
 
He claimed that he learned from various officials that Palande is a "well-versed" individual and hence chose him from a group of 4 to 5 people. Deshmukh also stated in his evidence that he had received a few spoken objections over Vaze's nomination as CIU chairman. "When a suspended officer is reinstated, he is typically sent to a side branch. Vaze was first assigned to the CID, but on Parambir Singh's oral orders, he was promoted to the CIU's head. Other top officials in the military protested to this decision "Deshmukh remarked.
 
 
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