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, officials said.

April 06, 2021 11:49 pm | Updated April 07, 2021 12:01 am IST - New Delhi

Former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh. File

Former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh. File

The CBI registered a preliminary inquiry on Tuesday to probe corruption allegations against former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh , officials said.

Deshmukh had resigned as the Maharashtra home minister on Monday after the Bombay High Court directed the Central Bureau of Investigation to conduct a preliminary inquiry within 15 days into the allegations against him by former Mumbai police chief Param Bir Singh.

A team of of the central probe agency landed in Mumbai on Tuesday afternoon, collected all relevant documents and initiated the preliminary probe in compliance with the high court order, officials said.

“CBI has registered a PE in the respect of the Bombay High Court order dated April 5, 2021,” CBI spokesperson RC Joshi said.

A criminal public interest litigation seeking a CBI probe was filed against Deshmukh by Singh, who claimed that the NCP leader had asked police officers to extort ₹100 crore from bars and restaurants. Deshmukh has denied any wrongdoing.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice G S Kulkarni had said on Monday this was an “extraordinary” and “unprecedented” case that warranted an independent inquiry. The bench had said Singh's allegations against Deshmukh had put at stake the citizen's faith in the state police.

The Maharashtra government and Deshmukh moved the Supreme Court on Tuesday, challenging the high court order and raised questions over the integrity of the central probe agency and impact on the country's federal structure.

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