Former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh informed Enforcement Directorate (ED) authorities on Wednesday that state minister and Shiv Sena leader Anil Parab gave him an unofficial list of police personnel transfer records.
Deshmukh was questioned by ED agents after being taken in judicial custody on November 2, last year, in connection with a money-laundering investigation. When Deshmukh’s second statement was recorded, ED officials questioned him about whether he had received any lists for the transfer and posting of police personnel.
Deshmukh said that, to the best of his knowledge, no additional lists were received other than the one from Anil Parab, the Transport Minister in the Maharashtra government.
Deshmukh further alleged that the lists he obtained from Parab were unauthorised and clearly lacked signatures.
The former minister further said that Parab obtained the list from Shiv Sena MLAs and MLCs, which he subsequently gave to him.
When questioned by Enforcement Directorate officials about whether the names on the list made it to the actual final list authorised by the government for transfer and postings, Deshmukh stated that after receiving the lists, he would hand them over to the Additional Chief Secretary (Home) to look into it personally and take adequate action in accordance with the rules guidelines.
Deshmukh further stated that he would issue additional instructions to ACS Home to review it in the Police Establishment Board (PEB) and examine if it was considered to be in accordance with norms or reject it.
In his testimony to the ED, dismissed assistant inspector Sachin Vaze alleged that both Parab and Deshmukh had collected Rs 20 crore each for reversing transfers of ten DCPs of the Mumbai Police, whose transfer orders were issued by then-Mumbai Commissioner of Police, Param Bir Singh.