CBI launches a preliminary inquiry against Maharashtra's Home Minister. They will look into the alleged corruption claims made by Param Bir Singh. Param Bir Singh is the former Police commissioner of Mumbai.
Former Maha Home Minister Anil Deshmukh. Source- ANI
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a preliminary inquiry. On 6 April itself, a team of CBI officials reached Mumbai to start an inquiry in this matter.
CBI Spokesperson, RC Joshi said, " CBI has registered a PE in the respect of the Bombay High Court order dated 5 April 2021."
Background of the case
Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh accused Anil Deshmukh of corruption. The Maharashtra Home Minister is facing an accusation of running an extortion racket.
After Singh filed a petition, the HC declared the inquiry order. Singh was deterred as commissioner when the Antilia Bomb Scare incident came out. Near the Ambani residence; they found a car with gelatin sticks. When the investigation started, the NIA arrested a police officer named Sachin Vaze. Singh alleged Deshmukh asked Vaze to collect ₹100 crores every month. He instructed Vaze to take INR 40-50 crores from hotels and bars in Mumbai through extortion.
The Bombay High Court instructed the Central Agency to conduct an inquiry within 15 days. After completion of the investigation, the CBI will decide further course of action.
The Maharashtra Government has moved to the Supreme Court. The State Government questioned the HC on how they moved forward with the probe. The court did not hear the state on the maintainability of pleas seeking CBI inquiry. The HC moved forward with the probe.
Anil Deshmukh has also filed a separate petition in the SC. As per NDTV, the launch of this preliminary investigation will affect Deshmukh's petition. The preliminary inquiry invalidates Deshmukh's move of going to the higher court.
Resignation of Home Minister Anil Deshmukh
After the Bombay HC announced the CBI probe on Monday, Deshmukh resigned as Home Minister. He wrote a letter to Maha CM Uddhav Thackeray saying that he is resigning from his post. He said that he did not feel that it is morally right to continue working in his position.
Maharashtra's Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari appointed NCP leader to replace Deshmukh. Cabinet Minister Dilip Walse Patil was handed charge of the department.
Deshmukh denied all the allegations made against him. Even the State Government supported him. But the opposition demanded his immediate resignation.