CBI lodges preliminary inquiry to probe corruption allegations against Anil Deshmukh
The High Court had given 15 days to the CBI on Monday to conduct a preliminary inquiry into the allegations, officers mentioned.
The CBI registered a preliminary inquiry on Tuesday to probe corruption allegations against former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh, officers mentioned.
Deshmukh had resigned because the Maharashtra home minister on Monday after the Bombay High Court directed the Central Bureau of Investigation to conduct a preliminary inquiry inside 15 days into the allegations against him by former Mumbai police chief Param Bir Singh.
A workforce of of the central probe company landed in Mumbai on Tuesday afternoon, collected all related paperwork and initiated the preliminary probe in compliance with the excessive court docket order, officers mentioned.
“CBI has registered a PE in the respect of the Bombay High Court order dated April 5, 2021,” CBI spokesperson RC Joshi mentioned.
A legal public curiosity litigation searching for a CBI probe was filed against Deshmukh by Singh, who claimed that the NCP chief had requested cops to extort ₹100 crore from bars and eating places. Deshmukh has denied any wrongdoing.
A bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice G S Kulkarni had mentioned on Monday this was an “extraordinary” and “unprecedented” case that warranted an unbiased inquiry. The bench had mentioned Singh’s allegations against Deshmukh had put at stake the citizen’s religion within the state police.
The Maharashtra authorities and Deshmukh moved the Supreme Court on Tuesday, difficult the excessive court docket order and raised questions over the integrity of the central probe company and influence on the nation’s federal construction.