The Supreme Court on Thursday said that an independent probe into the corruption allegations levelled by former Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh against former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh is required. The court said that the probe becomes important as both held high positions in the government and working closely together until the controversy erupted.
The top court asked, “The allegations are extremely serious and the persona involved are the commissioner and home minister. In this scenario, will it not be a CBI case?”
The Supreme Court also remarked that Deshmukh did not resign initially after the allegations were made public and he did so only after the Bombay High Court order the probe. “It means that the home minister was clinging on to office. The person who made the allegations was the right-hand person of the minister. Let the independent agency look into it. It is hunky-dory,” the court said.
Anil Deshmukh challenged HC order
The top court remarks came in response to a petition filed by Anil Deshmukh challenging the order of the Bombay High Court. The high court had on April 5 directed the CBI to carry out a preliminary probe into the corruption allegations levelled against Deshmukh by Singh.
The court had asked the central probe agency to complete the preliminary probe within 15 days and then take a call on whether an FIR needs to be registered in the case or not.
Param Bir Singh’s allegations against Anil Deshmukh
After Singh was shunted out from his position in Mumbai Police over his alleged involvement in the Sachin Vaze case, he dropped a ‘letter bomb’ on the Uddhav Thackeray government making strong allegations against Deshmukh.
In the letter, Singh claimed that Deshmukh used to call police officers to his residence and give them “collection target”. The top cop claimed that the politician used to pressurise cops to collect at least Rs 100 crore per month from pubs, restaurants and other establishments.
He also accused the minister of interfering in investigations, ordering officers to act on basis of his political agenda ignoring the chain of command. Eventually, he moved the Supreme Court seeking a probe against the minister which asked him to approach the high court.
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