State transport minister Anil Parab
MUMBAI: BJP state unit president Chandrakant Patil has demanded a CBI inquiry against transport minister Anil Parab. Patil further demanded that the National Commission for Women inquire into the allegations against Sena MP and chief spokesperson Sanjay Raut by a woman.
The woman, in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had alleged harassment by Raut for eight years.
The demands come in light of the CBI filing an FIR against former state home minister Anil Deshmukh. The former home minister was accused by former Mumbai police commissioner Parambir Singh of setting monthly collection targets of Rs 100 crore from bars for various Mumbai police officials, including assistant police inspector Sachin Waze.
Waze, who was arrested in the Mansukh Hiran murder case, had said in a letter to the special NIA court that Parab had asked him to extort money from 50 BMC contractors. Waze is also an accused in the case related to placing of an explosives-laden SUV near the residence of businessman Mukesh Ambani in South Mumbai.
“Though Parab issued a clarification, the truth will be known only when the CBI inquires into it. In his letter, Waze had referred to one Ghodawat. The CBI must also institute an inquiry against Ghodawat,” he said speaking to mediapersons in Pune.
Rejecting labour minister and NCP leader Hasan Mushrif’s allegation the CBI inquiry and FIR against Deshmukh was a BJP conspiracy, Patil said it was Singh who had approached Supreme Court but was directed to the high court saying the issue was serious. “It is the HC that ordered a CBI inquiry and the plea filed by Deshmukh and the state government against the order was rejected by the apex court. What has all of this got to do with the BJP?” he said.