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Nothing but Sachin Waze’s statement to show corruption case against Anil Deshmukh: Bombay High Court

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The Bombay High Court has granted bail to former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh in an alleged corruption case observing that prima facie, there is nothing but the statement of dismissed cop Sachin Vaze – whose tenure as a Police Officer has been “controversial” – to show that money was collected from bar owners at the NCP leader’s behest.

The court has also considered his age, 73 years, and ailments, some of which are classified as “de-generative”.

Justice MS Karnik, in a detailed 16-page judgement which was uploaded late last night, granted bail to Deshmukh in the corruption case registered against him by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on furnishing surety of Rs 1 lakh. He has been directed to cooperate with the investigation.

However, the former minister will not be let out immediately as, following a request from the CBI, the said the bail order will be effective after 10 days.

The court noted that as per the prosecution chargesheet, its case is “mainly based on Sachin Waze’s statement”, who has been granted pardon after turned approver. “The question of the reliability of Mr. Sachin Waze’s version is a matter for trial,” observed Justice Karnik, adding: “It is a matter of record that Sachin Waze was suspended for 16 years.”

Waze had claimed that Deshmukh had promised to reinstate him in police service. Post reinstatement, Waze claimed to collect money from bar owners and deliver it to Kundan Shinde, Deshmukh’s former aide, as instructed by Deshmukh. According to Waze, Deshmukh instructed him to collect Rs.3 lakhs each from 1750 Orchestra Bars/Pubs/establishments in Mumbai totalling Rs.40 to Rs.50 crores approximately.

However, the court took note of the ACP Sanjay Patil’s statement, which were pointed out by Deshmukh’s lawyers – senior advocate Vikram Chaudhari and advocate Aniket Nikam. Patil had said that Waze informed him that he is collecting the money for ‘No.1’, and when Patil asked Waze as to who is ‘No.1’, he was informed that it is ‘CP, Mumbai’. CP at the relevant time was Param Bir Singh.

“The statements as they stand, even without testing its veracity, which is a subject matter of trial, creates some doubt as to whose behest the money was collected,” remarked justice Karnik. “I may hasten to add that these are very prima facie observations limited to considering this application for bail.

The court further remarked that “It is a matter of record that Sachin Waze was suspended for 16 years” and that his tenure “as a Police Officer has been controversial”. Waze was arrested for his alleged role in Antilia bomb scare case and murder of businessman Mansukh Hiran. “He is allegedly involved in extortion cases, fake encounter case, etc,” noted HC.

“Except for Mr. Sachin Waze, none of the statements recorded indicate that it was under the instructions of the applicant that the money was to be collected. It is for the trial Court to look for corroboration in material particulars for relying on the statement of Sachin Waze, the approver,” the court averred.

The HC also factored his old age and that he is suffering from multiple ailments, some of which are classified as de-generative.

Justice Karnik observed that while granting him bail in ED case, the HC had remarked: “In the light of the materials on record, it would be audacious to observe that the applicant is not a sick person”.

Deshmukh was arrested in November 2021 by the ED in a money laundering case. In April 2022, the CBI arrested him in a corruption case. He is presently in judicial custody and lodged at the Arthur Road Jain in Mumbai.

The CBI has filed chargesheet on June 2, 2022, with respect to the issue of corruption, the basis being collecting/extorting monies from restaurants and bar owners.However, the two other facets of corruption – the transfers and postings within the police and influencing investigations – are still under investigation. The chargesheet is yet to be filed by the CBI on these aspects.

“Therefore, there is no question of the trial concluding any time soon in the near future. The CBI may proceed with the investigation but not at the cost of continued incarceration of the applicant,” added HC.

Deshmukh is no longer the Home Minister and therefore, there is no question of his influencing the investigation

Also, relying on bail order in ED case, Justice KArnik said that Deshmukh “appears to have roots in society and the possibility of fleeing away from justice seems remote”.

Maximum punishment, if found guilty, is seven years. Also, there are no criminal antecedents reported against him. Having regard to the totality of the circumstances, in my opinion, the applicant can be released on bail.

Release on bail on furnishing personal bond of Rs.1,00,000/- with one or more sureties in the like amount.

Report to the office of the CBI on every Tuesday, between 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon for one month from the date of his release. Thereafter, he shall report to the office of the CBI on every alternate Tuesday, between 10.00 a.m. and 12.00 noon, for the next three months.

To remain within the area of Greater Mumbai till the trial is concluded and shall not leave the area without permission of the competent Court.

Surrender his passport to the trial Court, if not already surrendered.

Not make any inducement directly or indirectly, threat or promise to tamper with witnesses.

Not tamper with evidence.

Co-operate with the expeditious disposal of the trial.

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‘Govt Is Intent On Selling Off State’s Assets,’ Alleges Maharashtra Congress President Nana Patole

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'Govt Is Intent On Selling Off State's Assets,' Alleges Maharashtra Congress President Nana Patole

Mumbai: In preparation for the upcoming assembly elections, the Congress has organised a morcha in Ratnagiri to corner the Mahayuti. State Congress president Nana Patole targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah while addressing the rally on Monday.

He alleged that Modi and Shah are the masterminds of the fake narrative. “400 paar was the fake narrative set by them, why did they not declare 250 paar now for the assembly elections? asked Patole.

Allegations Made Against PM Modi & Amit Shah By Maharashtra State Congress President Nana Patole

Patole alleged that the government is selling the properties of Maharashtra. “Modi and Shah came to Maharashtra to see how much property remained in the state. The work of selling the pride of Maharashtra is going on through the government. Therefore, CM and DCM are constantly visiting Delhi. Therefore, Congress has organised morcha to condemn the government,” he said.

Patole alleged that BJP and Mahayuti had lied about ‘wagh nakh’ (tiger’s claw). Shivaji Maharaj memorial has not been constructed yet in the Arabian Sea. Patole said that the MVA seat-sharing for the assembly elections will be completed in August and candidates will be declared in September. He also said that senior leaders of Congress have taken action against traitors who cross-voted in state council elections.

“People will know during the assembly election what action we have taken against them,” he said.

Maharashtra Congress President Nana Patole’s Appeal To Party Workers

Patole appealed to party workers to work together for Maha Vikas Aghadi. “Konkan follows Congress ideology. There are many gram panchayats won by the Congress. The party is in the minds of Konkan citizens but leaders should reach to them. People don’t give importance to gundagiri and the power of wealth,” he said.

He appealed to workers to make Congress strong in Konkan to win the assembly election.

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Mumbai Weather Update: IMD Issues Yellow Alert For City, Suburbs, Thane & Palghar Till July 24

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Mumbai: It has been raining cats and dogs since past two weeks in Mumbai, and the situation is expected to remain the same for a few days. BMC has confirmed that over 100 mm of rain was recorded in just 10 hours in Mumbai. IMD has said that Mumbai city and suburbs are very likely to experience intermittent light spells of rainfall during next 2-3 hours. Heavy to very heavy rain is expected in some parts of the city and suburbs. Possibility of extremely heavy rainfall persists at isolated places. Squally weather and rough Sea conditions along the coastal districts of Konkan (Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri, Raigad, Mumbai, Palghar).

The Meteorological Department has issued a yellow alert for Mumbai, Thane and Palghar till July 24, while Raigad will have an orange alert till Tuesday. IMD has predicted that moderate rain will occur at isolated places over Mumbai, Palghar, Raigad, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg, Thane, and the Ghats of Satara in the next three hours.

NDRF teams on stand-by

The intensity of rain has increased in Mumbai city and suburbs since midnight on Sunday and in the early hours of this morning too, rain has made a strong presence in some areas. Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department has predicted that there will be moderate to heavy rain at isolated places in Mumbai in the next three to four hours.

NDRF teams have been deployed in Vasai (Palghar), Thane, Ghatkopar, Powai (Kurla), Mahad (Raigad), Khed and Chiplun (Ratnagiri), Kudal (Sindhudurg), Kolhapur, Sangli, and Satara as a precaution during the monsoon season.

“Apart from three teams in Mumbai and one team in Nagpur as regular deployment, teams are on alert for any emergency response at their locations, conducting reconnaissance in low-lying and landslide-prone areas,”

IMD says the following is expected due to heavy rains

1) Water logging/inundation in most parts of low-lying areas and river-banks Disruption to road, rail, air and ferry transport.

2) Major roads and local trains affected.

3) Possibility of flash floods coinciding with high tide.

4) Local disruption of municipal services (Water, electricity etc.)

5) Possibility of danger to very old buildings and unmaintained structures.

6) Occasional gusty winds with speed reaching 35-45 gusting to 55 kmph along and off the coast resulting in possibilities of damage to vulnerable /temporary structures.

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‘MVA Is Trying To Discredit MahaYuti’s Welfare Schemes,’ Claims BJP Leader Raosaheb Danve

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'MVA Is Trying To Discredit MahaYuti’s Welfare Schemes,' Claims BJP Leader Raosaheb Danve

Mumbai: Former union minister and BJP leader Raosaheb Danve on Saturday reiterated that the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) is trying to discredit the Mukhyamantri Majhi Ladki Bahin Yojana and appealed to the eligible women to submit the registration forms directly through the government machinery.

Statement Of BJP Leader Raosaheb Danve

“The MahaYuti government has taken many public welfare decisions during the monsoon session including Mukhyamantri Majhi Ladki Bahin Yojana, free electricity up to 7.5 horsepower for agricultural pumps, compensation for the loss of farmers among others,” Danve said.

He said that, however, MVA leaders are criticising these schemes and they are involved in discrediting them. He further alleged that MVA was taking credit for these schemes by displaying posters and banners in its constituencies.

“So be aware of MVA’s duplicitous role and apply for Mukhyamantri Majhi Ladki Bahin Yojana through the government system itself and not hand it over to MVA activists,” he urged the women.

Danve, who lost to Congress nominee Kailas Kale from Jalna constituency, expressed confidence that BJP, Shiv Sena and NCP will fight together as MahaYuti (grand alliance) in the upcoming state Assembly election and win. He said that the state BJP’s core committee met on July 18 and 19 in Mumbai and held a review of all 288 assembly seats, adding that it was decided that MahaYuti together will contest the upcoming assembly poll.

Raosaheb Danve Takes A Swipe At MVA

He took a swipe at MVA saying that its three constituents Shiv Sena UBT, NCP SP and Congress are naming their respective leaders as the future Chief Minister.

“It seems that everyone is in a hurry to become the Chief Minister and the public is already seeing the cracks in the alliance. The division in the MVA was not new as it was visible following the controversy over the Sangli Lok Sabha seat. How can the voters trust the MVA when all is not well there?” he asked.

He informed that Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari will address the party’s convention slated for Sunday to be attended by 5,300 leaders and workers.

“These delegates will reach out to the voters taking up MahaYuti’s welfare schemes seeking votes for its reelection,” he said.

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