The CBI inquiry into former Maharashtra Minister Anil Deshmukh will continue, despite the Maharashtra government’s request for a court-monitored probe being denied by the Supreme Court today. The Supreme Court stated, “We will not even touch this subject.”
The court’s judgement is a major defeat for Maharashtra’s government, which has accused the central government of targeting its ministers and leaders through agencies such as the CBI
The Maharashtra government has submitted a petition asking for the CBI’s anti-corruption investigation into Anil Deshmukh to be transferred to a court-supervised Special Investigation Team (SIT).
According to the petition, the CBI’s inquiry could be skewed because former Maharashtra police head Subodh Kumar Jaiswal is now the agency’s leader.
When he was Maharashtra’s Home Minister, Anil Deshmukh, a top Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) official, was accused of receiving bribes for police transfers and postings.
According to the Maharashtra government, Subodh Jaiswal served on police establishment boards and handled transfers and postings, and he “should be a witness, if not a potential accused.”
Judges SK Kaul and MM Sundresh, however, refused to intervene and dismissed the plea.
Former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh accused Anil Deshmukh of corruption and bribery. On November 2, he was apprehended.
He’s being probed on charges that he took advantage of his official position and received $4.70 million from numerous pubs in Mumbai through a corrupt cop named Sachin Waze.
The money was allegedly laundered through the Deshmukh family’s Shri Sai Shikshan Sansthan, a Nagpur-based educational foundation.
The Maharashtra government had filed a similar case in December, but it was dismissed by the Bombay High Court, prompting it to appeal to the Supreme Court.