"Will put you in jail: Navneet Rana alleges threat by Arvind Sawant, Shiv Sena MP denies"
Navneet Rana, an Independent MP from Amaravati in Maharashtra, wrote to the Lok Sabha Speaker on Monday (March 22, 2021), alleging that Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant had threatened her for raising the Sachin Waze case in the Lower House.
On Monday, Rana spoke out against the Maha Vikas Aghadi government over charges made by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh during Zero Hour.
In a letter to Om Birla, Rana claimed that Sawant threatened her, saying, "Tu Maharashtra mein kaise ghoomti hai main dekhta hun aur tere ko bhi jail mein daalenge (How will you move around in Maharashtra now, I will see how you can do so, and you will be put in jail as well).
Rana also alleged that she had previously been threatened with acid attacks over the phone and through letters.
Meanwhile, Rama Devi, a BJP MP, said, "This has been discussed with Navneet Rana. As an MP, Arvind Sawant should not have said such a thing. I will request that the Speaker take this matter seriously.
Several MPs, including Rana, questioned the Shiv Sena and the NCP in the Lok Sabha about the extortion charges against Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.
As Rana had previously claimed, "On what basis was a man who had been imprisoned for 16 years reinstated? Uddhav Thackeray had personally summoned Devendra Fadnavis during the BJP government's term to reinstate Sachin Waze. Fadnavis had said no. When the Thackeray government took power, he was reinstated."
Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh wrote a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday, accusing Deshmukh of "malpractices" and requesting that suspended API Sachin Waze be paid Rs 100 crore every month. Singh's accusations came a day after Deshmukh announced that Singh had been relieved of his duties as Mumbai Police Commissioner so that cases involving Waze could be investigated without hindrance.
Singh, who is now Commandant General of the Home Guards, wrote in the letter that he had been "made a scapegoat to deflect attention away from the real wrongdoers."
He claimed that Deshmukh summoned Sachin Waze, the head of the Crime Intelligence Unit of the Mumbai Police's Crime Branch, to his official residence several times in recent months and "repeatedly ordered to help in the collection of funds."
Waze, an Assistant Police Inspector in the Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU) who was transferred to the Citizen Facilitation Centre at Mumbai Police headquarters after his name was mentioned in the Mansukh Hiran death case, has been taken into custody by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) until March 25 in connection with his alleged role and involvement in the placement of an explosives-laden vehicle near Mukesh Ambani's residence.