Maharashtra Home Minister Resigns as Bombay HC Allows CBI to conduct Preliminary enquiry on Param Bir Singh’s Allegations

On Monday, the Bombay High Court allowed the CBI to conduct a preliminary enquiry into malpractice allegations levelled by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh against Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.

Soon after the delivery of Judgment by the court, Anil Deshmukh, Home Minister of Maharashtra has resigned.

However, the Court clarified that since the State has already taken steps for an investigation by a high-level committee into the instant case, there is no need for the CBI to register a FIR. as per the Bench, the initial probe should be completed in fifteen days. Then the CBI can decide the future course of action.

On Wednesday, the Division Bench of Hon’ble Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Hon’ble Justice GS Kulkarni had reserved its order after listening to the parties and its judgement the Bench remarked that they don’t want to get into the maintainability of the suit, and the government has led them to believe that the Court’s interference is not required.

However, Hon’ble Court found that the case was severe and warranted an independent probe.

Earlier, Singh had approached the Apex Court with his plea, but the Apex Court opined that the High Court should hear the matter first.

Before the High Court, Singh submitted that Deshmukh held meetings with police officers in February 2020 and had asked them to collect Rs 100 crores every month.

Counsel for Singh submitted that Singh had written the letter as police officers were forced to work for their political leaders.

When the Hon’ble Court asked Singh to approach the Magistrate for FIR registration, he replied that it would only lead to an FIR and not a CBI probe.

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Counsel for one Ghanshyam Upadhyay requested the Court to take suo motu cognizance of the case due to the nature of allegations.

However, AG Ashutosh Kumbhakoni opposed the plea and stated that the plea was maintainable. He argued that Singh has placed his grievances in the plea and has played the victim card. He further argued that allegations levelled against Deshmukh were false.

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