After resignation, Deshmukh likely to challenge Bombay HC order

After resignation, Deshmukh likely to challenge Bombay HC order

A bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice G.S. Kulkarni on Monday had called the corruption allegations an "extraordinary" and "unprecedented"

Anil Deshmukh, who resigned as the Maharashtra home minister on Monday, is likely to challenge the Bombay High Court order asking the CBI to conduct a preliminary probe into allegations of corruption levelled against him by former Mumbai police chief Param Bir Singh, news agency PTI reported. He is likely to approach the Supreme Court today.

Deshmukh, an NCP leader, resigned as the home minister after the Bombay High Court ordered a preliminary inquiry by the CBI into allegations of corruption levelled against him by Singh. Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari had accepted the resignation of Deshmukh and handed over the charge of the key department to cabinet minister Dilip Walse Patil of the NCP. Walse Patil was holding the labour and excise portfolios and these have been allocated to other NCP ministers.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice G.S. Kulkarni on Monday had called the corruption allegations an "extraordinary" and "unprecedented" case that warranted an independent inquiry. In its 52-page judgement, the bench said Singh's allegations against Deshmukh had put at stake the citizen's faith in the state police.

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Such allegations, made by a serving police officer, against the state home minister could not be left unattended, and were required to be probed into, if prima facie, they made a case of a cognisable offence, the HC said. The court said a probe by an independent agency was necessary in the present case, to "instill public confidence and safeguard the Fundamental Rights of the citizens". The HC pronounced its verdict on three public interest litigations (PILs) and a criminal writ petition filed last month, seeking several reliefs and a CBI probe into the matter.

One of the PILs was filed by Singh himself, and the other two were filed by lawyer Ghanshyam Upadhyay and a local teacher Mohan Bhide. The criminal writ petition was filed by city-based lawyer Jayshree Patil. The high court ordered for the CBI inquiry on Patil's plea.

Singh, in his plea filed on March 25, sought a CBI probe against Deshmukh who, he claimed, had asked police officers, including suspended cop Sachin Waze, to extort Rs 100 crore from bars and restaurants. Waze himself is under NIA probe in the case pertaining to explosives found in a SUV near the mansion of industrialist Mukesh Ambani.

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