To Raut’s ‘accidental home minister’ remark on Deshmukh, Nawab Malik’s defence. Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik on Sunday defended his colleague Anil Deshmukh, who is accused of corruption by former Mumbai police chief Param Bir Singh, after Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut called him ‘accident minister’. Malik said that Anil Deshmukh is not the Minister of Home Affairs by mistake. If the defect is brought forward by the editor (Saamana), then it should be taken in a positive way. He also said that he thinks the Minister of Home Affairs will work to overcome those mistakes, ”said Malik, according to ANI.
The words of Malik, the main leader of the Nationalist Congress Party – one of the three Maha Vikas Aghadi government institutions in the western province – came after Raut said Deshmukh ‘accidentally got the position of home minister’. Raut wrote in his weekly column that Jayant Patil and Dilip Walse-Patil have refused to take over. That is why Sharad Pawar has chosen Anil Deshmukh for this position.
Raut also wrote in his weekly Rokhthok column about his party Saamana that the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government in Maharashtra did not have equipment to control the damage as seen after former Mumbai police chief Singh said Deshmukh had asked the police to collect money and he had set aside 100 crore for Sachin Vaze, now widely accused of the Antilia bomb and the trial of businessman Mansukh Hiran. Raut said in his column that a young policeman like Sachin Waze was running a fundraiser (in the office) of the Mumbai police commissioner, why didn’t the Minister of Home Affairs know?. Route also said that the Waze was just an API for the Mumbai police and that who gave him so much power? Whose favorite was he? All this has to come out.
Malik had also handled the comments of Raut about the police department. “There should have been a crackdown on the administration of the department (police) as some officials are doing as they please,” Malik was quoted as saying by ANI.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Uddhav Thackeray has decided to investigate Singh’s allegations against Home Affairs Minister Deshmukh and the government has begun a process of setting up a judicial commission headed by a retired judge, senior Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi leaders said.
Deshmukh also on Sunday said so. He told the reporters that the prime minister and the government have decided that a retired high court judge will investigate the allegations against me. Any truth will come out.
Singh in a letter to CM Thackeray on March 20 said Deshmukh wanted the police to collect cr 100 crore a month in bars and hotels, a charge denied by the Home Affairs Minister. The country’s government, apparently carrying out a bomb blast outside the home of businessman Mukesh Ambani in Mumbai, on March 17 transferred Singh from the city police commissioner to the home security department.