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Mumbai: Hoteliers recount horror tales after ex-top cop Param Bir Singh’s allegations against Anil Deshmukh

Updated on: 22 March,2021 07:41 AM IST  |  Mumbai
Diwakar Sharma | diwakar.sharma@mid-day.com

Sources in the Indian Hotel and Restaurant Association (AHAR) have told mid-day that suspended API Sachin Waze had allegedly started collecting money two months before Anil Deshmukh made the alleged demands.

Mumbai: Hoteliers recount horror tales after ex-top cop Param Bir Singh’s allegations against Anil Deshmukh

Former police chief Param Bir Singh; suspended police officer Sachin Waze


A day after former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh’s letter, claiming malpractices by the home minister, to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, sources in the Indian Hotel and Restaurant Association (AHAR) have told mid-day that suspended API Sachin Waze had allegedly started collecting money two months before Anil Deshmukh made the alleged demands. Sources also revealed how establishments were divided into three categories to derive their amounts. According to the letter, Waze met Deshmukh at the latter’s official residence, Dyaneshwar in February end.

Restaurant and bar owners claim that the hafta collection had started soon after businesses resumed after the lockdown. File pic
Restaurant and bar owners claim that the hafta collection had started soon after businesses resumed after the lockdown. File pic




Singh’s letter reproduced a chat with SSB Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Sanjay Patil where Singh asked if Waze told him about the reason for his meeting with Deshmukh and Patil replied, “The purpose of meeting was, he told me that, 1750 establishment in Mumbai, he should collect Rs. 3 lakh per establishment for him also, which will be around 40 to 50 cr. (sic)” Sources said the use of the word ‘also’ could possibly mean that a racket was already in place and this demand was over and above that.



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