Anil Deshmukh on Monday tendered his resignation as the Maharashtra Home Minister in the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, the party declared on Monday.
The development came shortly after the Bombay High Court directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to start a primary inquiry within 15 days into allegations of corruption levelled by former Mumbai police Chief Param Bir Singh against him. The corruption allegations were levelled against the Home Minister by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh.
The development came after the Bombay High Court on Monday directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to begin a primary inquiry within 15 days into allegations of corruption levelled by former Mumbai Police Commisoner Param Bir Singh against him.The Bombay HC on Mondya was hearing a plea of the petitioner Dr Jaishri Patil regarding the case.
"Bombay High Court has ordered the CBI director to conduct a preliminary inquiry within 15 days and to register an FIR if any cognizable offence is found," Petitioner Dr Jaishri Patil told media persons on Monday.
In his plea, the former Mumbai Police Chief repeated the graft allegations that he had made against senior NCP leader in a letter to CM Uddhav Thackeray. He also accused the Deshmukh of interfering in police investigations.
Former Mumbai top cop moved the Bombay HC after the Supreme Court refused to entertain his plea regarding the issue. Singh, who was removed as Mumbai Commisoner in the wake of the Antilia bomb scare probe, has also challenged the government's order to transfer him from the post of Mumbai Police Commissioner.
Singh last month had written to CM Thackeray claiming Deshmukh's involvement in severe conducts. The former top cop claimed that Deshmukh held meetings at his residence with several Mumbai police officials, including Sachin Waze.
Singh also alleged that Deshmukh instructed the officers to collect Rs 100 crore per month from various establishments.
On the other side, Anil Deshmukh had denied all the allegations, but opposition parties have been attacking the ruling Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government over the issue of his suspension.
Meanwhile, CM Uddhav Thackeray has not accepted the resignation. Deshmukh now is the second Minister after Sanjay Rathod to submit resignation in the MVA government.