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HC orders CBI to probe corruption charges against Anil Deshmukh

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In a major development, the Bombay High Court on Monday directed the CBI to carry out a preliminary probe into the corruption allegations leveled against Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh by former Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh.

The court has 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.

The bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice GS Kulkarni, while hearing a bunch of petitions seeking an independent investigation into the allegations, remarked that Deshmukh is the home minister and no impartial probe could be done by the police. The plea also alleged corruption in police transfers and postings.

The high court said it is an extraordinary and unprecedented case that warrants an independent inquiry.

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.

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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. Eventually, he moved the Supreme Court seeking a probe against the minister which asked him to approach the high court.

“These are hard facts coming from the person who occupied the highest post in the police force in the city and from someone who has served for more than 30 years,” Singh had told the High Court.

The high court in the last hearing had rebuked Singh for not filing an FIR in the case despite being the Mumbai Police chief.

 

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