Former Home Minister of Maharashtra, Anil Deshmukh had filed a petition against the preliminary CBI inquiry but the same has been dismissed by the Supreme Court on Thursday, April 8. A bench comprising Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Hemant Gupta dismissed the petition by issuing the following statement,
“Given the serious nature of allegations and the personas involved, the matter does require an independent agency to investigate the matter. It is a matter of public confidence. We may also note that what has been ordered is only a preliminary inquiry. Therefore, we are no inclined to interfere with the impugned order,” said Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul.
Justice Kaul further added, “The nature of personas involved in the case, and the seriousness of the allegations, warrant a CBI investigation.”
Supreme Court dismisses the pleas filed by Maharashtra govt and its former home minister Anil Deshmukh challenging Bombay High Court order directing a CBI probe into allegations of corruption levelled against him by former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh. pic.twitter.com/m0mliAHnFA
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On Monday, Deshmukh had submitted his resignation to the Maharashtra government after the state High Court, on Monday, asked the CBI to conduct a preliminary inquiry into the matter. He mentioned in his resignation letter, “I don’t have the moral right to continue in the office after the court order. I’ve decided to quit. Kindly relieve me from my post.”
Well, Deshmukh had filed a petition against the preliminary inquiry delivering the statement that the state high court had not taken into account well-settled procedure but it just handed over the matter to an agency controlled by the central government.
He further added in his petition, “Param Bir Singh allegations are not substantiated and are motivated.” Deshmukh also raised an objection that the order of conducting a preliminary inquiry was passed without hearing his side.