Mumbai: Media reports have emerged that Sachin Vaze, the two-time suspended Mumbai Police officer, in his statement to the Enforcement Directorate (ED), levelled allegations of corruption and extortion against former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh. In the statement recorded by ED on June 19 at Taloja jail, 52-year-old Vaze claimed that Deshmukh and Parab were not happy with Singh’s order regarding transfer and postings of the 10 DCPs and had got the order reversed.
As per Republic TV reports, Vaze has also confessed that he had been given clear political instructions to carry out the arrest of Arnab Goswami, Editor-in-Chief of the Republic Media Network.
In the wake of this, Republic TV, in a note to the media, said that the statement by Vaze conclusively establishes the great degree of conspiracy against India’s leading news network, a point we have always made in the courts and which now stands proven.
Vaze’s statements are part of those recorded on June 19, 2021, June 21, 2021, and July 11 2021, under the provisions of Sub-Section (2) & (3) of Section 50 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002.
“Fundamentally, it has been wholly established that the year-long targeted campaign against Republic involved the biggest misuse and abuse of public office against any Indian media organisation. It has also been established that public offices were being used to maliciously craft fake cases to try and fix and frame Republic News Network,” the statement further read.
“The facts in the public domain ultimately prove that the case against Republic was false, concocted, fabricated, malicious, and aimed at targeting India’s leading news network in a conspiratorial manner. At the end of this year-long vendetta campaign against the Republic, the unstoppable truth has tumbled out. As the Republic Media Network stands vindicated, we want to thank our millions of viewers and supporters across the country and the world for their unwavering and growing support, for which we are deeply indebted. We are grateful to our supporters who stood by us through it all,” the statement further read.