Bombay HC orders CBI probe against Anil Deshmukh, resigns as Maharashtra Home Minister

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Uddhav Thackeray’s Maharashtra Government aka Maha Vikas Aghadihas announced that Home Minister Anil Deshmukh has submitted his resignation from his designation on Monday.

During an interview with the reporters, NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said, “Deshmukh informed NCP chief Sharad Pawar that it won’t be appropriate to remain in the post as the CBI will be probing the charges against him.”

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Maharashtra BJP chief Chandrakant Patil has said that he is happy that Deshmukh has quit. He also asserted there will be more “shocking revelations” in the CBI probe. Anil Deshmukh was a member of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), an ally of the Shiv Sena and the Congress in Maharashtra.

The development came after the Bombay High Court instructed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to initiate an inquiry within 15 days into allegations of corruption. The allegation of misconduct was reported by former Mumbai police chief Param Bir Singh.

Dr Jaishri Patil told the reporters that today a petition was pleaded in front of the court. “Bombay High Court has asked the CBI director to conduct a preliminary inquiry within 15 days and to register an FIR if any cognizable offence is found,” petitioner Patil said.

The former Mumbai police commissioner has also accused the Maharashtra Home Minister of interfering in police investigations. Hence, the Bombay HC had said that since Deshmukh is the Home Minister, no partial probe can be conducted by the police. Param Bir Singh was forced to move to Bombay HC after the Supreme Court refused to entertain his plea.

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Singh has previously written to CM Thackeray accusing Deshmukh of his involvement in severe “malpractices”. He further claimed that Deshmukh had held meetings at his residence with several Mumbai police officials, including Waze, in February 2021. According to Singh’s description, the Home Minister instructed the officers to collect ₹100 crores per month from various establishments.