Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut has warned of possible attempts to impose presidential rule in Maharashtra. “If anyone is trying to impose presidential rule in Maharashtra by abusing the central agencies, I warn them – you will burn yourself in that fire,” Sena Rajya Sabha MP Raut was quoted as saying by the news agency ANI.
Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh has complained to the state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh Police wanted to collect officers ₹Rs 100 crore monthly from bars and hotels in Mumbai.
A senior IPS officer who was transferred to lower-core home guards on March 1, 17, after the arrest of police officer Sachin Waje in connection with the bombing near Mukesh Ambani’s house in Antilia, said in a letter to the Maharashtra chief minister that he had been made a scapegoat.
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In an eight-page letter to Chief Minister Thackeray, Singh alleged that Deshmukh used to call police officers to his official residence and give them “collection targets” from bars, restaurants and other establishments.
Meanwhile, after Singh’s allegations, demands for Deshmukh’s removal escalated as BJP leaders and activists staged protests in various cities demanding his resignation.
The ruling Maha Bikash Agadi (MVA) alliance in Maharashtra has the army, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress. Anil denied Deshmukh Singh’s allegations and threatened to file a defamation suit against the senior police officer.