Maharashtra Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Chandrakant Patil has on Wednesday written a letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah and has demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry against Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and State Transport Minister Anil Parab over "serious allegations and disclosure of offence" against them in Sachin Vaze case.
In the letter, Patil said that "blatant abuse of process of law" is being committed in Maharashtra and Pawar, Parab and others are misusing the powers wasted in them to amass 100's of crores of rupees. "In the light of specific incidence narrated by Sachin Vaze and specific allegations levelled against Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and Transport & Parliamentary affairs minister Anil Parab, a detailed enquiry must be conducted by CBI against Pawar, Anil Parab and Darshan Ghodawat," Patil added.
The BJP leader said that the law and order in the state has "collapsed for the obvious reason of political revenge and blatant misuse of political power". "The collapse of law and order is deliberately induced to amass wealth by heinous ways adopted for collecting illegal money," he added.
In the letter, Patil alleged that Pawar and Ghodawat had asked arrested Mumbai cop Sachin Vaze to collect Rs 100 crore from illegal gutkha sellers and manufacturers. He also alleged that Parab had asked Vaze to collect illegal amounts from contractors of the BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation). "Parab had asked Vaze to collect Rs 2 crore from 50 such contractors," Patil wrote.
"I am submitting the present memorandum on behalf of office bearers of Maharashtra Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party as well as 1.10 crore members of Maharashtra Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party as well as all the law-abiding citizens of State of Maharashtra," Patil said.
"The present memorandum is not initiated or coming out of political agenda but if the disclosure of Sachin Vaze is not dealt with according to the law, the law-abiding citizens of state will seriously lose faith in the legal system by itself," he added.
The BJP leader further requested the Union Home Minister "to kindly look into the matter and initiate necessary legal action to protect the interest of common law abiding citizens".