In his letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on March 20, former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir said the Home Secretary asked Waze to accumulate Rs 100 crore per month in bars and restaurants in town. Singh had said that in mid-February and thereafter, then Home Secretary Deshmukh called Waze at his official residence. At that time, one or two members of the interior minister’s staff, including his private secretary Sanjeev Palande, were also present.
During cross-examination by Shekhar Jagtap, Palande’s attorney, Waze said the then Home Secretary called a meeting on February 21 at his official residence. Waze said the meeting was about preparations for Legislative Questions and immediately after the meeting left the minister’s residence.
On November 22, Singh’s lawyer, Abhinav Chandrachud, told the commission that the March 20 letter was hearsay, based on information provided by Singh’s subordinates and colleagues. Following Singh’s letter, Anil Deshmukh had left the cabinet and the state government set up a one-man commission headed by Judge KU Chandiwal to investigate the charges brought by the former PC from Mumbai.
The commission is likely to issue a production warrant against Anil Deshmukh for his presence before the panel during the investigation.
Deshmukh’s lawyer will cross-examine Waze on Friday.
Meanwhile, NCP spokesman Nawab Malik said Thursday that from depositions before the Chandiwal commission, it appeared Singh’s letter was politically motivated and an attempt to destabilize the MVA government. “Singh wrote a very damaging letter, following which the leadership of the NCP sacked Anil Deshmukh. Now his lawyer is telling the commission that the letter was hearsay, based on information provided by subordinates. I’m surprised how a senior IPS officer can write a letter to CM without verification, ”said Malik.