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Confidential statement of CBI chief on Deshmukh probe leaked by agency officer: Charge sheet

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

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 before a special court in New Delhi, the IWC recovered the statement, recorded by the investigating officer in the case against Mr. Deshmukh, from a pendrive seized from his deputy inspector Abhishek Tiwari and the telephone number of lawyer Anand Dagger. Mr. Tiwari was part of the team investigating Mr. Deshmukh.

The CBI has accused Mr. Tiwari of plotting a conspiracy with Mr. 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 Mr. Deshmukh.

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

A forensic analysis of the digital devices recovered from Mr. Tiwari and Mr. Daga revealed the statement of the Director of CBI, Subodh Kumar Jaiswal, when he was Director General of CISF, registered by telephone by the investigating officer of the case of Mr. Deshmukh and the Deputy SP Mukesh Kumar of CBI on 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.

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

Forensic analysis showed that the document was found stored on Mr. Tiwari’s USB stick on August 1, 2021 and on Mr. 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 Mr. Tiwari had handed over the content of Mr. Jaiswal’s statement to Mr. Daga, they said.

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

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

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

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

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

The case concerns a PE registered by the IWC against Mr. 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.

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

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

The findings that gave Mr. Deshmukh a fair account 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 Mr. Tiwari and Mr. Daga over allegations of leaking documents.

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