NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has asked former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh to appear before it on April 14 (Wednesday).
The CBI team, sources indicated, on Monday quizzed Mumbai police’s ACP Sanjay Patil on some technical details regarding WhatsApp chats which it has collected during the investigation, sources said.
In his complaint, Singh has mentioned WhatsApp chats with Patil who purportedly referred to Deshmukh’s insistence that Mumbai cops raise Rs 100 crore a month for him by extorting money from bars and restaurants in Mumbai.
Deshmukh will be questioned not only about the contents of Singh’s complaint but will also be confronted with claims made by arrested assistant police inspector Sachin Waze. His statement will be taken on record and annexed with the report which the CBI has to present before the Bombay high court next week.
The CBI has filed a preliminary enquiry into the matter on the Bombay HC’s order and has to submit a report by early next week.
The agency had last Friday questioned former Mumbai police constable Vinayak Shinde and a bar owner, Mahesh Shetty, in the case. Shinde was arrested by the NIA in the Mansukh Hiran murder case. The agency also recorded the statement of deputy commissioner of police Raju Bhujbal, who has been cited by former city police chief Singh in the WhatsApp chats mentioned by him in his letter to Thackeray.