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Retired judge to probe corruption allegations against me: Anil Deshmukh

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Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh, who is in the eye of the storm after corruption charges were levelled against him by former Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh, has said that the allegations against him will be probed by a retired judge.

Following the controversy, Deshmukh had written to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray urging him to get an inquiry done into the allegations made by Singh.

Deshmukh on Sunday told the media that the chief minister will order a judicial inquiry. “Maharashtra Chief Minister has decided that the allegations levelled against me by former Mumbai Police Commissioner will be probed by a retired high court judge,” he said.

Param Bir Singh was shunted out reportedly due to his alleged involvement in the Sachin Vaze case. Vaze was arrested by the National Investigation Agency in connection with the Mukesh Ambani bomb scare case.

Param Bir Singh’s letter bomb

Following his transfer, Singh 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.

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He also accused the minister of interfering in investigations, ordering officers to act on basis of his political agenda ignoring the chain of command.

Also, Singh moved the Supreme Court seeking quashing of his transfer order and a CBI probe against Deshmukh, which the apex court did not entertain. Instead, the top court asked him to approach the Bombay High Court with his petition.

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Sharad Pawar, the chief of the Nationalist Congress Party to which Deshmukh belongs, has questioned Singh’s motives. Pawar said that the officer made his allegations after being moved out of the Mumbai top post and into the Home Guards following lapses in the Mukesh Ambani security scare probe.

Last week, Pawar said the officer was just trying to divert attention from the investigation into the Mukesh Ambani security scare case. The home minister, he said, was ailing at the time mentioned by Singh in his letter and was confined first to a hospital and then to his home in Nagpur from February 5 to 27.

 

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