The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday night arrested its own sub-inspector, Abhishek Tiwari, for allegedly taking bribe to give a clean chit to former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh in a corruption case. Also, a Nagpur-based lawyer and a few other people are being questioned in the case.
Earlier, the CBI questioned Deshmukh’s son-in-law Gaurav Chaturvedi and a member of his legal team regarding the leakage of the agency’s preliminary inquiry report against Deshmukh. The leaked report said that the CBI found no substance in the corruption allegations against Deshmukh. The CBI sources said a lower rung CBI official was bribed to influence the preliminary inquiry against Deshmukh.
At the time of going to press, the CBI had allowed Chaturvedi to leave its office, saying prima facie, he didn’t appear to have any role in the matter. However, the legal team member had been detained at the agency’s BKC office.
There was plenty of drama on Wednesday night, when – as per the MVA leaders -- Deshmukh’s son-inlaw was ‘detained’ by the CBI after he, along with his wife and sister-inlaw exited his Worli residence. The MVA minister and NCP leader, Nawab Malik alleged, “Anil Deshmukh's family members were stopped by over a dozen people. They were taken out of their vehicle and made to sit in another vehicle brought by the group of men and were taken away. It is being said that they were CBI officials. No rules or procedures were followed. Is there a rule of law in the country?”
Congress leader Sachin Sawant tweeted: “It is being learnt that the CBI had picked up the son-in-law of Anil Deshmukh and a lawyer without notice. This is very serious.”
A CBI official told this newspaper that the agency had launched a probe into the leakage of the preliminary inquiry report. “It has come to light that people known to Deshmukh had bribed a lower level official who was a part of the preliminary probe. An attempt was made to subvert the enquiry. We have identified the person from the CBI. He is not the official whose name has figured in the report. A separate case will be registered against the man who took the bribe and everyone involved.”
The official said that “inquiries were made” with Chaturvedi and a member of Deshmukh’s legal team. “Chaturvedi's role is not being found in the episode and he was allowed to leave. The lawyer is being questioned,” the CBI official said.
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