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The Mumbai Police on Tuesday opposed before a court the Enforcement Directorate’s petition seeking access to suspended officer Sachin Vaze to record his statement and question him in a money laundering case, PTI reported.

The case involves former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh. The former minister had in March been accused of extortion by former Mumbai Police chief Param Bir Singh.

The officer alleged that Deshmukh had asked Vaze to collect Rs 100 crore every month through illegal channels.

Deshmukh had been arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on November 1. Last week, the Bombay High Court had sent the Nationalist Congress Party leader to the central agency’s custody till November 12.

Singh is also facing an investigation in several matters, including four extortion cases filed by the Maharashtra Police.

Vaze is presently in the custody of the Mumbai Police’s Crime Branch in connection with an extortion case filed against him, Singh and others in Goregaon, according to the Hindustan Times.

The Enforcement Directorate wanted to question Vaze before Deshmukh’s custody got over, India Today reported. “The accused being a key conspirator, his recording of the statement is need of the hour,” the agency told the court.

But the Mumbai Police’s Crime Branch argued that the Enforcement Directorate’s was trying to sabotage its investigation,…

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