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CBI Can Probe Into Mumbai Cop Sachin Waze’s Reinstatement: High Court – dot newz

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Bombay High Court said CBI can inquire into reinstatement of ex-Mumbai Cop Sachin Waze. (File)

Mumbai:

The Bombay High Court on Thursday said the CBI can inquire into the transfer and postings of police personnel and the reinstatement of ex-API Sachin Waze in the Mumbai police force “so far as this has a nexus with Maharashtra’s former home minister Anil Deshmukh and his associates”.

A division bench of Justices S S Shinde and N J Jamadar also noted that it was the duty of the Commissioner of Police to enforce the law of the land and he is “not a servant of anyone, but the law itself”.

The HC, in its judgment, remarked that the allegations of corruption and misconduct levelled by former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh against Mr Deshmukh and if the reinstatement of Sachin Waze in 2020 after so many years of suspension had any quid pro quo (a favour/advantage granted in return for something), then it is a matter of investigation.

The court dismissed a petition filed by the Maharashtra government seeking that two paragraphs from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) FIR against Mr Deshmukh be set aside.

While one paragraph is about allegations (of extortion) levelled against the NCP leader by former Assistant Police Inspector (API) Sachin Waze, dismissed from service after his arrest in the Antilia bomb scare case, the second one pertains to alleged corruption in transfers and postings of police officials.

“The investigating agency (CBI), in our view, can legitimately carry on its inquiry into the transfer and postings of police personnel and the reinstatement of Sachin Waze in the police force after 15 years, so far as this has a nexus with the former home minister and his associates,” the court said.

The bench noted that the allegations of extortion of money and attempts to influence investigations and transfer of particular officers to achieve these objectives “form an inseparable part of the alleged conspiracy”.

The bench, in its order, also made remarks on the police commissioner, saying, “The Commissioner of Police is not a servant of anyone, but the law itself.”

“We hold it to be the duty of the Commissioner of Police to enforce the law of the land and he must take steps to post his men so that crime is detected and honest citizens can go about their work,” the HC said, referring to a judgment passed by Lord Denning, a well-known UK judge.

Notably, when Mr Deshmukh was the state home minister, senior IPS officer Param Bir Singh had served as Mumbai’s police commissioner.

In March this year, Mr Singh, in a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, had levelled allegations of corruption against Mr Deshmukh.

The bench noted that the allegations levelled by Mr Singh in his letter against Mr Deshmukh “were not restricted to lack of probity in performance of public duty but the administration of law was itself put to test of character”.

“The allegations are not restricted to extortion of money. The matter of interference in the performance of the official duties by police officers, including the course of investigation in particular matters, as alleged, has the propensity to erode the very edifice of enforcement of law,” the court said.

On the reinstatement of Sachin Waze, the HC said, “Waze had no opportunity to harness his investigation skill, for 15 long years, before reinstatement. Was there any quid pro quo in posting Sachin Waze in a specialized crime branch and entrusting investigation of important and sensational cases is also a matter which cannot be said to be totally unconnected with the allegations in the letter of Param Bir Singh.”

The HC on Thursday noted that conversely, the observations made by another bench in its order of April 5, directing the CBI to carry out a preliminary enquiry against Mr Deshmukh, cannot be construed as to giving unfettered authority to the agency to inquire into transfers and postings of police personnel in general.

“The CBI, a premier investigating agency, can and must be allowed to take responsibility and authority in the investigation and with an assurance that it (CBI) shall act in accordance with law,” the court said.

Senior counsel Rafiq Dada, appearing for the Maharashtra government, sought the HC to stay its judgment for a period of two weeks.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the CBI, however, opposed it.

The high court refused to stay its judgment noting, “We do not think it expedient to stay the effect and operation of this judgment. Otherwise, it would amount to interfering with the investigation, which is underway.”

The CBI, on April 21 this year, registered an FIR against Mr Deshmukh on charges of corruption and misuse of official position.

The FIR was lodged after the agency conducted a preliminary enquiry against the NCP leader following an order from the HC on April 5.

Sachin Waze, now in jail, had claimed he was asked to collect money from bar and restaurant owners in Mumbai allegedly on instructions of Mr Deshmukh, who has repeatedly denied the allegations against him.

The state government, in its petition, had said issues regarding transfer and postings of police personnel and allegations levelled by Sachin Waze against Mr Deshmukh were not relevant to the central agency”s case.

The state government claimed it does not want to interfere in the CBI’s probe against Mr Deshmukh and others beyond these two allegations, which were not mandated to be investigated as per the April 5 order of the HC.

The plea, filed by the state on April 30, said inserting the said two paragraphs was to find out some material enabling opposition parties to try and destabilise the current government in Maharashtra.

Mr Deshmukh had resigned from the cabinet after the HC directed the CBI to conduct a probe into the allegations of corruption and misconduct levelled against him.

The NCP leader has consistently denied any wrongdoing.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)



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1 Crore Jabs Till 1:30 PM. On PM’s Birthday, Government Aims At Record – dot newz

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The vaccination campaign is key to BJP’s three-week celebrations to mark PM’s birthday.

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As the government raced to deliver a vaccination record on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday today, the country clocked over 42,000 vaccinations a minute, a senior health official said. Vaccinations crossed one crore in the afternoon – for the fourth time in less than a month – setting up a milestone by the end of the day.

Aiming at 2 crore vaccinations as PM Modi turns 71, the government added a ticker to track Covid shots being given across the country.

“Celebrating the relentless efforts of India’s vaccinators against COVID-19, we have added a ticker to show vaccinations happening in near real-time. We are currently clocking over 42,000 vaccinations/minute or 700/second,” tweeted National Health Authority chief RS Sharma, sharing the new feature.

The vaccination campaign is key to the BJP’s three-week celebrations to mark the Prime Minister’s birthday.

“Let’s do #VaccineSeva and give him (PM Modi) birthday gift by getting vaccinated those who have not taken the dose so far,” Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya had tweeted yesterday, urging people to get the shots.

To achieve its target, the BJP had prepped health volunteers “to ensure that the maximum number of people get their COVID-19 vaccines on the day”.

In recent days, India has reported more than one crore Covid shots in a day more than once.

Senior BJP leaders say the party wants to see the day “recorded in history” as one that saw a record number of Covid vaccines given.

By noon, over 94,00,000 vaccinations had been achieved. PM Modi’s home state Gujarat had crossed five lakh doses, more than the daily doses in the last seven days.

By afternoon, Bihar had given Covid shots to 7.3 lakh people, three times more than the average of the last three days. Madhya Pradesh was at more than 5 lakh doses – 75 per cent of the last two days’ average.





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Under-Construction Flyover Collapses In Mumbai’s Bandra, 14 Injured – dot newz

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The under-construction flyover collapsed at about 4.40am.

At least 14 people were injured after a portion of an under-construction flyover collapsed in Bandra Kurla Complex in Maharashtra’s Mumbai today. The injured were taken to the VN Desai Hospital and their condition is stable, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said.

The flyover collapsed at about 4.40am.

Visuals shared by news agency ANI showed police personnel and fire departments on the spot as the rescue work is underway.

There has been no loss of life and no person is missing due to the collapse, Deputy Commissioner Of Police Manjunath Singe told news agency ANI.

The flyover is located at MTNL junction in suburban Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) and will connect the complex’s main road and Santa Cruz- Chembur link road. The construction work of the flyover is being undertaken by Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).

Further details related to the flyover’s collapse are awaited.





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On PM Modi’s 71st Birthday, President Kovind, BJP Leaders Extend Wishes – dot newz

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Today marks the 71st birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi turned 71 on Friday as President Ram Nath Kovind and other dignitaries and politicians greeted him with BJP leaders hailing his leadership.

Wishing him a long and healthy life, President Kovind said may he continue to serve the nation with his spirit of relentless service.

Home Minister Amit Shah lauded Modi, saying he not only gave the country the idea to think ahead of time and fulfil its resolve with hardwork but also made it a reality.

In PM Modi, the country has got a strong and decisive leader who gave a dignified life to those who were deprived of their rights for decades, he said.

PM Modi brought them in the mainstream of development, Mr Shah added.

The prime minister has shown the world what people-loving leadership is like, he said.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said PM Modi has written many new chapters in development and good governance in his tenure so far and wished that he fulfil his dream of making India a strong, prosperous and proud country.

Born in Gujarat in 1950, PM Modi joined Hindutva organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at an early age and was later drafted into the BJP.

Made Gujarat chief minister in 2001, PM Modi has never suffered an electoral setback when votes were cast on his leadership, leading the BJP to power in the state for three consecutive terms and then at the Centre back to back in 2014 and 2019.

The BJP embarked on a mega 20-day public outreach, “Seva and Samarpan”, from Friday to mark his 71st birthday and it will continue till October 7 to also commemorate his 20 years in public life, including as Gujarat chief minister.

It has asked its workers to facilitate the COVID-19 vaccination drive as it eyes record-breaking numbers on Friday.





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