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CBI to question Maharashtra ex-Minister Anil Deshmukh on April 14 in extortion case

CBI has summoned Anil Deshmukh, former Maharashtra home minister for questioning on April 14, in connection with corruption allegations.

Maharashtra former home minister Anil Deshmukh (L) and Param Bir Singh (Source: ANI)

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has summoned Anil Deshmukh, former Maharashtra home minister for questioning on April 14, in connection with corruption allegations levelled against him by senior police officer Param Bir Singh and suspended Assistant Police Inspector Sachin Vaze.

Previously, CBI interrogated two personal assistants (PA) of former Maharashtra Home Minister as well as two drivers of suspended police officer Vaze on Sunday. The CBI is investigating the corruption allegations made by Singh against Deshmukh. Read more here: CBI interrogates assistants of Maharashtra ex-Minister Anil Deshmukh, Sachin Vaze’s drivers

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The extortion allegations and Ambani bomb scare

Param Bir Singh had previously written a letter to the Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray alleging that the 70-year-old had indulged in “malpractices” and asked Vaze to collect INR 100 crores every month.

Vaze, on the other hand, was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in the case of an explosive-laden SUV found near industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s house. Mansukh Hiren, the owner of the SUV vehicle, was found dead in a creek, days later after the incident. His wife accused that Vaze was involved in the murder of her husband.

Read more here: Ambani Bomb Scare: NIA seizes Sachin Vaze’s fake Aadhaar card

On April 5, Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh resigned from the state cabinet just a few hours after the Bombay high court ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the corruption allegation made against him.

Deshmukh had filed the Special Leave Petition (SLP) before the apex court, challenging Bombay High Court’s April 5 order. The court also directed the agency to register an FIR if any cognizable offence is found.

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The Supreme Court had on April 8 dismissed the petitions filed by the Maharashtra government and Deshmukh challenging the Bombay High Court order directing a preliminary inquiry by the CBI into the allegations of corruption and misconduct levelled against him by Param Bir Singh.

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