Former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh. (File Photo)
New Delhi: Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh resigned on Monday after the Bombay High Court ordered a preliminary CBI investigation against him regarding the allegations made by former Mumbai police chief Param Bir Singh.
Maharashtra Minister for Labour and Excise Dilip Walse Patil was declared the Home Minister for the state hours after Deshmukh’s resignation.
While disposing of PILs filed by Parambir Singh, Dr. Jaishri Laxmanrao Patil, Ghanshyam Upadhyay and Mohan Prabhakar Bhide; a bench comprising Chief Justice Dipankar Dutta and Justice GS Kulkarni said that allegations against Deshmukh are of ‘serious nature’ that warrant a preliminary inquiry by the CBI.
Meanwhile, following the court orders a team of the CBI is reaching Mumbai on Tuesday to start the inquiry.
“A team of CBI officers to arrive tomorrow in Mumbai to investigate the corruption allegations of former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh against Anil Deshmukh,” reported news agency ANI on Monday.
While the High Court has given the CBI 15 days for a preliminary report, the Maharasthra government and Deshmukh have decided to approach the Supreme Court to seek cancellation of the CBI probe against him.
It’s notable that Param Bir Singh — replaced as Mumbai Police Commissioner over “unforgivable” lapses in the Mukesh Ambani security scare probe — accused Deshmukh of corruption and interference in police work.
Param Bir Singh was transferred to the Home Guard after police officer Sachin Waze was arrested in the case involving a car full of explosives found near the home of Reliance chairman Mukesh Ambani last month.
According to various reports, Param Bir Singh sent an email to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and alleged that Deshmukh had asked several police officers including Sachin Waze who has been arrested in the Mukesh Ambani case – to run an extortion racket.
According to Singh, police officials were given a target of collecting Rs. 100 crore from restaurants, pubs, bars and hookah parlours. The demand, he said, was made in February.
Deshmukh and his party, Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party, have denied the allegations against him. (PW News)