Corruption allegations against Anil Deshmukh ‘serious’, no impact on alliance govt: NCP chief Sharad Pawar
NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Sunday broke his silence on Mumbai's former police chief Param Bir Singh's letter and said that corruption allegations levelled against state home minister Anil Deshmukh are "serious" in nature.
Mumbai: Day after former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh accused Anil Deshmukh of corruption, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar said that the allegations leveled against the Maharashtra Home Minister are ‘serious’.
Pawar said that the final decision on the Maharashtra Home Minister lies with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, however, the timing of the allegation should be thoroughly probed. He also suggested that Thackeray should seek former IPS officer Julio Ribeiro's help for looking into claims by Singh.
On being asked if the Opposition is trying to topple the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in the state, the NCP patriarch said, “I don’t know whether efforts are being made or not to topple the government (Maharashtra). All I can say is they will have no impact on the government.” When queried if Deshmukh will be removed as Maharashtra Home Minister, Pawar said: “We (NCP leaders, CM Uddhav Thackeray) will discuss the resignation as well. Whatever alternative comes, we’ll see. A final decision on his fate will be taken in 2-3 days.”
He further mentioned that the decision of reinstating Sachin Vaze was taken by the Mumbai Police Commissioner and not the Home Minister.
Former Mumbai Police commissioner Singh in a letter to CM Thackeray on Saturday had alleged Deshmukh of "malpractices" such as asking suspended assistant police inspector Sachin Waze to collect Rs 100 crore every month.
Singh was transferred from the top post due to a fallout with the state government earlier this month over the controversial SUV bomb threat case.
Deshmukh, an NCP leader, however, refuted the charges against him and said that he will file a defamation case against Singh for accusing him of corruption.