New Delhi: 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 by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh. His resignation came even as a key meeting of NCP is still going on at party president Sharad Pawar’s Mumbai residence to discuss the corruption allegations against Deshmukh and take a call on future course of action.
Anil Deshmukh tweeted the news of his resignation on Monday afternoon.
HERE IS THE TWEET:
— ANIL DESHMUKH (@AnilDeshmukhNCP) April 5, 2021
The Bombay high court also directed CBI to register an FIR if any cognizable offence is found. The court further stated that the veteran leader is the Home Minister and no impartial probe can be done by the police.
In his plea, the Mumbai Police Commissioner repeated the graft allegations that he had made against the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader in a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, and also accused Deshmukh of interfering in police investigations and involving in severe “malpractices”.
Param Bir Singh had previously written a letter to the Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav alleging that the 70-year-old had indulged in “malpractices” and asked suspended Assistant Police Inspector Sachin Waze to collect INR 100 crores every month.
Earlier in the day, former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis had said that Anil should resign from his post.
“The Court has directed CBI to conduct a preliminary probe within 15 days and proceed on the basis of findings. Given HC’s decision, he should resign,” Fadnavis said.