MUMBAI: Former state home minister Anil Deshmukh had directed police officer (now-dismissed) Sachin Waze to hand over 16 bags containing Rs 4.6 crore in cash to his personal assistant Kundan Shinde on two different occasions outside the Sahyadri guest house and near Raj Bhavan, said the chargesheet filed by the Enforcement Directorate before a special PMLA court recently. The court took cognisance of the chargesheet, report Vijay V Singh and Rebecca Samervel.
Waze had collected the money from bar owners in the city illegally on Deshmukh's instructions.
In the chargesheet, ED had named Waze along with Deshmukh's Nagpur-based trust, which runs educational institutions, and his family-controlled company that owned land worth several hundred crores in Navi Mumbai, as accused. The ED also chargesheeted Deshmukh's private secretory (additional collector rank government officer) Sanjeev Palande and PA Shinde in the case.
Deshmukh has been avoiding ED summons for months, and a lookout circular has been issued preventing him from leaving the country. In his statement recorded during Deshmukh's house search in June, he told ED he had resigned on "moral grounds" after Bombay high court directed the CBI to conduct a preliminary enquiry.
The chargesheet also stated that first Deshmukh demanded Rs 2 crore from Waze for helping him remain in service, as many senior politicians in the MVA government were not happy with his reinstatement in the police force after 15 years of suspension and were insisting on his removal.
Later, Deshmukh asked Waze to collect Rs 100 crore 'hafta' from bar owners every month for him. Deshmukh repeated the demand after calling DCP Raju Bhujbal and ACP Sanjay Patil at his official residence.
The chargesheet stated that "In January 2021, Deshmukh called him and instructed to hand over collected cash till date to Kundan Shinde, who asked him to meet outside the Sahyadri guest house, where he handed over five bags containing Rs 1.6 crore in the denomination of Rs 500."
Shinde came in Deshmukh's Mercedes to collect the money.