New Delhi: The officials on Wednesday stated that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested its sub-inspector for allegedly receiving illegal gratification from former Maharashtra minister Anil Deshmukh’s unit to determine the Bombay high court-directed introductory probe into fraud charges against the minister.
The late-night arrest happened after the CBI registered an FIR against Deshmukh’s attorney Anand Daga and its sub-inspector Tiwari.
The bureau further investigated the former minister’s nephew, Gaurav Chaturvedi. However, they let him leave after few hours of investigation.
“The CBI has filed a claim against its sub-inspector, a Nagpur-based advocate, and anonymous others on specific charges, including illegal gratification. Throughout the probe of the matter, CBI has arrested the sub-inspector. The advocate is being investigated. There were hunts conducted in Allahabad and Delhi,” CBI spokesperson R C Joshi stated.
A record of a preliminary probe purportedly providing a clean chit to Deshmukh was leaked on Saturday night.
The investigation bureau began an inquiry into the leakage, which has so far exposed that Deshmukh’s team supposedly sought to influence the treatment of PE against him by funding illegal gratification to Tiwari, the officials stated.
The central agency investigated Deshmukh’s son-in-law Gaurav Chaturvedi, including lawyer Anand Daga over its probe, following which an FIR was filed.
They said that the CBI did not get Chaturvedi’s engagement so far, and he was left to go.
The investigation unit had begun a PE on the orders of the Bombay High Court, which had issued the course while hearing public interest cases on charges of fraud against Deshmukh.
The alleged PE findings, which were leaked, revealed the Deputy SP investigating the matter had purportedly opined that no cognizable crime was presented out against Deshmukh.
It was later turned into an FIR based on a different view of the Deputy SP. The opinion cited in the FIR stated that cognizable crime is moved out against Deshmukh.
“The Preliminary Enquiry prima facie showed that a cognizable crime is delivered out in the case, wherein the then Home Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Anil Deshmukh and unknown others have tried to get an illegal benefit for the odd and mean review of their civic engagement,” the CBI FIR claimed. In the FIR, the CBI had arrested Deshmukh and others anonymous under IPC sections linked to illegal conspiracy and section of Prevention of Corruption Act for “attempt to get an unfair benefit for an incorrect and degrading act of civic work.”
Charges against Deshmukh had surfaced following the dismissal of Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh.
Singh was dismissed following the role of a policeman Sachin Waze surfaced into the case of an explosive-laden SUV, which was spotted placed outside the apartment of tycoon Mukesh Ambani. The NIA detained Waze.
In his note to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, following his dismissal, Singh had claimed Deshmukh had proposed Waze to force over Rs 100 crore a month from bars and eateries of Mumbai, they stated.
The FIR claimed that Deshmukh “and others” exerted disproportionate control over the switch and posting of officials.