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Updated on: Wednesday, December 01, 2021, 08:05 PM IST

Anil Deshmukh, Sachin Vaze appear before Chandiwal Commission in extortion case

Former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh | PTI

Former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh | PTI

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Former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh and dismissed police cop Sachin Vaze on Wednesday appeared before Chandiwal Commission in connection with an alleged extortion case.

The state government set up the Justice (retd) K U Chandiwal commission in March to probe former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh's corruption allegations against Deshmukh.

Vaze on Tuesday told an inquiry commission here that the period during which he was in the custody of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in the Antilia bomb scare case was the "most traumatic time" of his life.

He had signed various documents during this period "under duress", he claimed.

Anil Deshmukh is in judicial custody since November 15 after his arrest in an alleged money laundering case.

Param Bir Singh, transferred from the post of Mumbai police commissioner in March in the aftermath of the Antilia bomb scare episode, alleged that Deshmukh had asked police officers including Vaze to collect Rs 100 crore a month from bars and restaurants in the city.

Singh's transfer followed Vaze's arrest in the case of an SUV with explosives found near industrialist Mukesh Ambani's south Mumbai residence `Antilia'.

The Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate are also probing the allegations made against Deshmukh by the senior IPS officer.

(With agency inputs)

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Published on: Wednesday, December 01, 2021, 12:05 PM IST
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