fadnavis: Cops questioning Fadnavis today on transfer leak racketeering report | Bombay News
Police are investigating the matter as it amounts to a violation of the Official Secrets Act. Fadnavis, speaking to a presser on Saturday, said the transfer bribery report was sensitive information and he had not revealed it in public but had submitted it to the secretary inside the ‘Union. “It was a minister of state who shared the information with the media, and I have proof of that,” he said. The police had served Fadnavis with a notification under Article 160 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, which talks about the power of a police officer to compel the presence of witnesses. Fadnavis said the notice relates to his briefing in March 2021 on police transfers made by Maha Vikas Aghadi’s government. The scam is now being probed by CBI which is investigating corruption charges against former interior minister Anil Deshmukh.
“As Leader of the Opposition I have certain privileges and I am not required to reveal how I came to know of the information. The police informed the court that they repeatedly sent me questionnaires and that I did not answer… The police know that they filed a complaint wrongly, but since I was Minister of the Interior and the police asked for my help, I will go to the police station on Sunday at 11 a.m.,” he initially said. Later he said the police called him and told him they would visit him to gather information.
The court had ordered CBI to investigate. “Deshmukh is an accused. At the time, the state filed an FIR to investigate how the information was disclosed. I received questionnaires from the police to obtain source information. I had even informed them that I would respond at the appropriate time. Mumbai Police sent me a notice yesterday,” he said. The police said they sent out 5 questionnaires.
The MVA, according to Fadnavis, acted vindictively. He claimed he had received notices as he recently exposed the MVA government’s plot against the BJP leaders at the assembly. “Instead of going after those involved in the police transfer scam, they are going after those who reported it. The report was pending for 6 months and contains full details on who paid how much and for the assignment in which district. The court is investigating and the state had to formally submit a thumb drive and transcripts to the court. Since the government has no answers, it is resorting to such cases “, he added.