Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh Resigns Amid CBI Probe

The Bombay High Court on Monday directed CBI to conduct a preliminary inquiry into corruption allegations against Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.

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Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh has resigned from the post hours after the Bombay High Court ordered a CBI probe into the corruption allegations made by Former Mumbai Police Chief Param Bir Singh. The Bombay High Court on Monday directed CBI to conduct a preliminary inquiry into corruption allegations against Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.

A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice GS Kulkarni has ordered the CBI director to conclude the inquiry within 15 days and take further action in accordance with law.

“Interest of justice will be done if the director of CBI is allowed to conduct preliminary inquiry. Once preliminary inquiry is complete, director CBI be at discretion to further course of action.”

The bench held that an un-biased probe is required to “unearth the truth.” With the above observations the bench disposed of a clutch of petitions seeking investigation into the matter.

The order of CBI inquiry was specifically passed on the writ petition of Advocate Jaishri Patil.

“We also agree with Dr. Patil, directions required to order unbiased probe to unearth truth. There can be no independent probe if it is given to Police where Deshmukh is the Home Minister”, the bench said.

Regarding the criminal PIL filed by ex-Mumbai CP Param Bir Singh, the bench said that would be at liberty to make a grievance before any appropriate forum. “In view of the order now we have passed, no concern survives. Petitions dispose of,” the bench held.

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