The Supreme Court will hear the petition filed on behalf of the Maharashtra Government and former Home Minister Anil Deshmukh today. Both have challenged the Bombay High Court’s order to conduct a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into allegations of corruption and recovery of Rs 100 crore by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Parambir Singh. It is believed that a double bench of judges Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Hemant Gupta will hear these petitions.
Earlier, a division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Dutta and Justice GS Kulkarni in the Bombay High Court had on Monday asked the CBI to complete its preliminary inquiry within 15 days on the issues raised in the letter bomb issued by the former Mumbai Police Commissioner last month. . Deshmukh left his post just hours after the verdict. Meanwhile, Sachin Waze, who was arrested in the Antilia case on Wednesday, has in a letter confirmed the allegation of Parambir Singh, accusing Deshmukh of recovery. The CBI team in this case is in Mumbai and can take statements of some people today, including Parambir Singh.
- The High Court had said – CBI investigation is necessary to create confidence
The Bombay High Court had said that an independent agency inquiry into the matter is necessary to safeguard the fundamental rights of the citizens and instill confidence in the people. Along with this, the court had ordered a CBI inquiry into the allegations of corruption. Following this order of the High Court, veteran leader of Vidarbha Deshmukh resigned from the state government and after that the order was challenged in the Supreme Court.
However, the High Court had said that the CBI is not required to file an FIR immediately, as the Maharashtra government has already set up a high-level committee to investigate the matter. Chief Justice Dutta had said, “The government’s proposal brought for a high-level committee assures us that there is no need for any interference in it.”
- Parambir had accused Deshmukh
Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh, in his petition filed in the Bombay High Court on March 25, demanded a CBI inquiry against Deshmukh. Parambir Singh had claimed that Deshmukh had asked the suspended police officer Sachin Vazh and other officials to recover Rs 100 crore from various bars and restaurants. On this petition, the High Court had said that this is an extraordinary case, which requires independent and impartial investigation.
- Sachin Vazh has also confirmed these allegations
On Wednesday, Sachin Vazh made a big disclosure, saying that in January 2021, Home Minister Anil Deshmukh had talked about collection of Rs 3 lakh every month from 1650 pubs, bars in Mumbai. On this, I told Home Minister Anil Deshmukh that there are only 16 times in the city, not 1650 times.
Further Sachin Vazh told that I had also refused to collect money from the bar to the Home Minister, because I had told him that it was beyond my capacity. Then PA Kundan of the Home Minister told me that if I want to save my job and post, then do what the Home Minister is saying.