Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad launched a blistering attack on the Maharashtra government today, accusing the state's home minister Anil Deshmukh of extorting money for police transfers. The matter was highlighted by former Mumbai top cop Param Bir Singh, who has also accused the home minister of running an extortion racket with the help of several police officers who have been given a target of Rs. 100 crores a month. "Money was being taken (Vasooli) for the transfer for police officers. Extortion is being done, that too for top police officers... The Home Minister of Maharashtra is extorting money for transfers and postings. Was the minister taking money for himself, his party, or his government is yet to be known," the Union Minister told journalists today.