Ex-Maha HM Deshmukh Likely to Challenge CBI Probe in SC: Sources
Deshmukh has left for Delhi to meet top Supreme Court advocates to challenge the HC order, sources said.
Former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh is likely to move the Supreme Court to challenge the Bombay High Court order of a preliminary Centra Bureau of Investigation (CBI) investigation against him over alleged corruption and malpractices, sources told The Quint.
Soon after tendering his resignation on Monday, 5 April, Deshmukh left for Delhi to meet top Supreme Court advocates to challenge the HC order, sources said.
The probe was ordered by the HC on Monday over former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh’s plea levelling allegations of corruption, extortion, and other malpractices against Deshmukh.
The plea was filed by Singh after he was transferred from the post of Mumbai CP amid the Mukesh Ambani bomb scare probe.
Preliminary CBI Investigation Against Deshmukh
The Bombay HC directed a preliminary inquiry by the CBI into the allegations and ordered for the investigation to be completed within 15 days, following which the CBI is to decide on the further course of action.
The court on 31 March had heard three other petitions other than Singh’s regarding the matter – a writ petition by Advocate Jaishri Patil and criminal PILs by advocate Ghanshyam Upadhyay and Chartered Accountant Mohan Bhide.
However, the CBI need not register an FIR immediately or take up Patil’s complaint before it conducts an independent enquiry, the HC said.
According to ANI, a team of CBI officials will arrive in Mumbai on Tuesday to probe the allegations against Deshmukh.
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