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Home Minister Anil Deshmukh orders probe on leaked audio tape of ‘honey trapping’ Nagpur BJP leaders

L to R: Dayashankar Tiwari, Sandip Joshi

L to R: Dayashankar Tiwari, Sandip Joshi

An audio clip of a phone conversation that allegedly involved two unidentified residents of Nagpur (one said to be a former politician) went viral on social media. The two can be allegedly heard talking about Home Minister of Maharashtra Anil Deshmukh, Nagpur Mayor Sandip Joshi, BJP corporator Dayashankar Tiwari and Chief Medical Officer at Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) Dr Praveen Gantawar. Of what can be heard from the audio clip that Nation Next procured, it can be ascertained that one of the two people in the conversation seemed to be a close acquaintance of Dr Gantawar, and apparently shielding him.


Further, the audio clip mentioned a criminal conspiracy to honey trap? Joshi and Tiwari. Apart from this, Deshmukhs name was also apparently dragged in a derogatory manner in the same conversation where the one of the persons said he was given sanctuary only with the blessings of the Home Minister and how the judges were being managed in the case pertaining to Gantawar.


Few days back, Tiwari in a press conference had claimed that as per a notification issued by NMC’s Samiti department on March 21, 2016 and under Maharashtra Nursing Home Act, 1949, any doctor working with NMC or government organisation cannot indulge in any private practice and by running a private clinic. Speaking about Dr Gantawar and his wife Dr Sheelu in the press conference, Tiwari had accused the couple of engaging in a private practice and operating a nursing home from Dhantoli for many years now. The BJP corporator on Tuesday even filed a police complaint at citys Tehsil Police Station vis-à-vis the audio clip.


City unit of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Wednesday booked Gantawar and his wife for amassing disproportionate assets over Rs 2.52 crore. Tiwari said NMC Commissioner Tukaram Mundhe hasn’t taken any action against the couple so far.

However, when Nation Next procured the audio clip two days back, the team apprised Deshmukh about the same. It was then Deshmukh informed us that the matter was serious and a thorough enquiry would be set up to investigate the same. Deshmukh informed that Nagpur Commissioner of Police Dr BK Upadhyay is now investigating the matter.

Leader of Opposition (LoP) Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday sent a letter addressing Home Minister Anil Deshmukh in the regard. The former Chief Minister of Maharashtra in the letter demanded a high-level enquiry.

Fadnavis said, As there is serious mention in the alleged audio clip, there is a need to investigate the matter at the senior level and present the truth to the public. I am confident that you will order a high-level inquiry into the matter.


His tweet read, “विविध समाजमाध्यमांमध्ये सध्या व्हायरल होत असलेल्या दूरध्वनी संभाषण असलेल्या एका कथित ऑडिओ क्लिपची उच्चस्तरिय चौकशी करण्याबाबत गृहमंत्री श्री अनिल देशमुख यांना पत्र…”

Letter written by Devendra Fadnavis

Meanwhile, Deshmukh said he heard the alleged audio clip and the same would be investigated as soon as possible. He said there was no attempt to implicate anyone in the case. Adding further, Deshmukh testified by saying that there has been a rift between the administrative officials and politicians in Nagpur.

Note: We at Nation Next are yet to ascertain if the audio clip has been tampered or is intact. Also, the identities of the two people engaged in the conversation are yet to be determined. As and when we get any update on the same, we would update our readers about the progress of the investigation?

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Nagpur District Yuva Sena workers rip banner put up in Eknath Shinde’s support

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Members of Nagpur District Yuva Sena, on June 25, ripped a banner supporting Eknath Shinde, which was placed at Chitaroli in Gandhibagh.

A Nagpur District Yuva Sena worker ripping banner supporting Eknath Shinde in city’s Gandhibagh area

Members of Yuva Sena, led by Nagpur District Yuva Sena chief Vikram Rathod, on June 25, ripped a banner supporting party member Eknath Shinde, which was placed at Chitaroli in Gandhibagh. Shinde, who’s leading a group of rebel Shiv Sena MLAs, is the man behind the current political crisis in Maharashtra.

Speaking to Nation Next, Vikram Rathod said: “Eknath Shinde was given so much love and respect by Shiv Sena and in return he has betrayed the party and Balasaheb Thackeray. We condemn his conduct. We are with Uddhavji. Any banner in the city supporting Eknath Shinde will be torn off by us in similar manner.”

Shiv Sena Nagpur Pramukh Pravin Barde, Dhiraj Fandi, Manoj Sahu, Sanjay Kasodhan, Vasant Dongre, along with other Shiv Sainiks were present when the banner was ripped off.

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Disgruntled Ashish Deshmukh resigns as Maharashtra Congress General Secretary

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Ayushree and Ashish Deshmukh during 'Amrut Mahotsav' organised at Suresh Bhat auditorium in Nagpur to celebrate Ranjeet Deshmukh's 75th birthday

Ashish Deshmukh with wife Ayushree (Photo by: Bhavesh Mahalle)

Congress leader Ashish Deshmukh tendered his resignation as the General Secretary of MPCC to party Chief Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday, May 31.

Deshmukh said that the decision to resign was taken after the Congress nominated Imran Pratapgarhi from Maharashtra as Rajya Sabha candidate. Deshmukh said that although he has resigned from the post, he would remain in the party and continue to work for the same. 

The list of Rajya Sabha candidates by Congress that stirred massive resent in the ranks, shortlisted 34-year-old Pratapgarhi – Congress minority department chairperson and a poet from Maharashtra. He had contested the Lok Sabha polls from Moradabad on a Congress ticket but lost his seat to a BJP candidate.

 

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Shatrughan Sinha, Prithviraj Chavan grace Ranjeet Deshmukh’s 75th birthday celebrations in Nagpur

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Amar Ashok Jajoo | Photographer : Bhavesh Mahalle | Nagpur

Political bigwigs gathered under one roof on May 29 to extend their wishes to veteran politician and former minister Ranjeet Deshmukh at ‘Amrut Mahotsav’ organised at Suresh Bhat auditorium in Nagpur to celebrate Deshmukh’s 75th birthday. Deshmukh turned 75 last year but celebrations could not be held due to the COVID pandemic.

Lok Sabha MP Shatrughan Sinha, former Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan, Maharashtra minister Balasaheb Thorat and other politicians were prominently present during the event. Deshmukh’s son Ashish Deshmukh and Dr Amol Deshmukh played perfect hosts to those who attended the event.

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