Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh resigns

Anil Deshmukh’s resignation comes after Bombay HC’s direction to the CBI to conduct a preliminary inquiry in to allegations against him

Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on April 5 resigned from the State Cabinet. The resignation comes after Bombay High Court directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to conduct preliminary investigation in to allegations levelled against him by former Mumbai Commisoner of Police Param Bir Singh.

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In his resignation letter, Mr. Deshmukh said, “Bombay High Court in a petition filed by Adv Jayashri Patil has directed the CBI to conduct preliminary investigation. As a result, it is not morally correct for me to continue as state’s Home Minister. I have therefore decided to resign.”

Mr. Singh had written a letter last month, after being transferred from the position as Mumbai Commsioner of Police, alleging that Mr. Deshmukh had told suspended Mumbai cop Sachin Waze to collect ₹100 crore extortion money from hoteliers in the city.

Also read: Pleas seek central agency probe into Param Bir’s allegations against Anil Deshmukh

Mr. Waze was arrested by National Investigation Agency (NIA) recently in the case of explosives being found near the house of industrialist Mukesh Ambani. 

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