Sachin Vaze’s request for retraction rejected by the commission
The Judiciary Committee set up to investigate corruption allegations against former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Wednesday rejected dismissed police officer Sachin Vaze’s request to recant. Vaze had filed an affidavit stating that he wished to recant his deposition and said: “Not only Anil Deshmukh, but also people associated with him, have asked me to collect money from bars or bar owners.”
Mr. Vaze currently detained in Taloja Central Jail referred to his cross-examination on December 14, 2021 when asked: “Have you had an occasion where you had to make a payment to the Minister of Insider at the time, Anil Deshmukh” He had said, “No.” However, in the affidavit, he mentions: “I withdraw the same today and the answer to the question is ‘Yes’.
He also wanted to change his answer to the second question posed to him on the same day: “Is it true that none of the people on staff or associated with Mr. Anil Deshmukh ever asked you for money? ” He had said: ‘From me, personally ‘No’, but he wishes to change his answer to ‘Yes, people associated with Mr. Anil Deshmukh have asked me for money, which I have been instructed to collect on behalf of of Mr. Anil Deshmukh and/or his associates.
The third question he was asked was, “Did anyone from Mr. Anil Deshmukh’s office or Mr. Anil Deshmukh ask you to collect money from bars or bar owners?” He replied, “I don’t remember. He wants to change the answer to “Not only Mr. Anil Deshmukh but also people associated with him asked me to do this.”
The fourth question was: “Is it okay in the above situation, since you didn’t raise any money, there was no reason for you to make a payment/offer anything in cash to the staff of Mr. Anil Deshmukh or Mr. Anil Deshmukh himself? He said, “Yes, that is correct. He wanted to withdraw his answer and said, ‘No, I gave the money to people associated with Mr. Anil Deshmukh, on his instructions.’
His affidavit also alleges: “I was always subjected to severe mental torture and harassment by the then Home Minister, Anil Deshmukh, and even after his resignation, this continued. So much so that, on his behalf, his representatives also continued to do the same. I am generally a victim affected by Stockholm Syndrome at the hands of Mr. Anil Deshmukh who even today holds enormous power and influence over me, my life, my future and the circumstances around me.
The case dates back to March 20, 2021 when Mr Singh wrote a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray alleging Mr Deshmukh abused his position and powers to seek illegal monetary benefits. The letter alleged instances where Mr Deshmukh ordered Mr Vaze and others to collect ₹100 crore from bars and restaurants for a month.