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CBI chief confidential statement on Deshmukh probe leaked by agency officer

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A confidential statement from IWC chief Subodh Kumar Jaiswal, recorded during his previous tenure in connection with bribery allegations against former Maharashtra Interior Minister Anil Deshmukh, was recovered by the IWC from the devices of an arrested agency official. and a lawyer for the politician, officials said Thursday.

Both the agency official and the lawyer have been charged by the agency for allegedly subverting the case against the former minister.

According to the charge sheet, presented in a special court here, the IWC recovered the statement, recorded by the investigating officer in the case against Deshmukh, from a pendrive seized from his deputy inspector Abhishek Tiwari and the telephone number of lawyer Anand Daga. Tiwari was part of the team investigating Deshmukh.

The CBI has accused Tiwari of plotting a conspiracy with Daga and leaking confidential and secret documents to subvert the investigation related to the case that was turned over to the agency by the Bombay High Court to investigate the corruption allegations against Deshmukh.

The CBI had arrested Tiwari and Daga and both are now in judicial custody.

A forensic analysis of digital devices recovered from Tiwari and Daga revealed the statement of CBI Director Subodh Kumar Jaiswal, when he was Director General of CISF, recorded over the phone by investigating officer Deshmukh and CBI Deputy SP Mukesh Kumar, the May 6, 2021.

Kumar had saved this statement to an external hard drive and no other member of the investigation team was aware of this fact, they said.

Jaiswal was questioned under Section 161 of the CrPC on the charges against Deshmukh during his tenure as Director General of the Maharashtra Police.

Forensic analysis showed that the document was found stored on a Tiwari flash drive on August 1, 2021 and Daga’s mobile phone on August 5, 2021.

Jaiswal, an IPS from Maharashtra from 1985, took over as Director of CBI on May 26, 2021 after handing over the position of Director General of the Central Industrial Security Force.

The CBI carried out a forensic analysis of the file extracted from the digital devices of both defendants, which showed that both documents were supposedly recovered from the same source, having the same ‘hash value’ (digital parameter to know if the documents are copies of the same source material ), implying that Tiwari had handed over the contents of Jaiswal’s statement to Daga, they said.

After Daga’s arrest, the CBI had taken a picture of his phone, from which files related to the Preliminary Investigation and FIR against Deshmukh were recovered, they said.

The CBI made a forensic analysis comparison of these documents with those recovered from the matching phone and flash drive recovered from Tiwari, they said.

On September 1, the CBI arrested Daga and Tiwari for allegedly leaking confidential documents related to the preliminary investigation against Deshmukh, they said.

A special court here has taken cognizance of the charge sheet noting that Deshmukh may be the controlling mind of the largest conspiracy, while the accused persons (Tiwari and Daga) can only be hands, since he (Deshmukh) would have been and He was the main beneficiary of the leak of the content of the EP and the case.

The court asked the CBI to investigate Deshmukh’s role in the document leaking case.

The case concerns a PE registered by the IWC against Deshmukh by order of the Bombay High Court, which had issued the instructions while listening to a public interest litigation over corruption allegations against the former minister.

PE’s findings showed that MP SP investigating the matter had allegedly opined that no recognizable crime had been committed against Deshmukh, but was later turned into an FIR based on a contrasting opinion of MP SP.

The opinion mentioned in the FIR said that a recognizable crime is committed against Deshmukh.

The findings that brought good news to Deshmukh were leaked to the media, causing embarrassment for the CBI after opposition parties blamed the agency for conducting a motivated investigation against the then minister.

Shortly after the leak, an embarrassed CBI searched Tiwari and Daga over allegations of leaking documents.

(Business Standard staff may have only modified the title and image of this report; other content is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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