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Maharashtra govt is of extortion, by extortion, for extortion: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Union minister and BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday claimed that the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra government was operating with the sole purpose of extorting money from people.

Addressing a press conference, Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the MVA government in Maharashtra was not named ‘Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi’ but ‘Maharashtra Vasooli Aghadi’.

“Maharashtra government is of extortion, by extortion, and for extortion,” the BJP leader said.

Referring to ex-Mumbai Police commission Param Bir Singh’s allegation that Maharashtra Home Minister and NCP leader Anil Deshmkukh had asked his subordinates to monthly extort Rs 100 crore from businesses in Mumbai, Ravi Shanakr Parsad said, “If one minister had asked for Rs 100 crore, how much the entire government must have asked for?”

In a letter written to CM Uddhav Tackeray, shortly after his transfer, the ex-Mumbai top cop had alleged that Anil Deshmukh called his subordinates, including now suspended API Sachin Vaze, to his home in mid-February and asked them to collect Rs 100 crore monthly.

The state home minister has denied the claim and has threatened to sue the cop for defamation.

During his presser, Ravi Shankar Prasad also accused the Thackeray government of taking action against IPS Rashmi Shukla for unearthing transfer racket in Maharashtra.

“There is a transfer and posting racket going on in Maharashtra. We had hoped Uddhav Thackeray will take action, but instead he acted against Rashmi Shukla,” Prasad said.

Earlier in the day, former Maharashtra CM and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis had claimed that IPS Rashmi Shukla was shunted out by the Maharashtra government for submitting a report on corruption in transfers and posting in Maharashtra police. He said that the investigation was ordered by his government in 2017. But instead of acting against the graft racket, the investigating IPS was being punished, he said.

The investigation, conducted by Rashmi Shukla, had allegedly also named Anil Deshmukh.

During his presser, Ravi Shankar Prasad also alleged that the Maharashtra government was not handing over the probe of Mansukh Hiren murder case to the NIA, despite requests.

“Why is a probe in the Mansukh Hiren case being blocked? This should be investigated,” he said.

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