M’rashtra govt, Deshmukh move SC against HC order for CBI probe

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PTI

New Delhi

Maharashtra government and its former home minister Anil Deshmukh moved the Supreme Court on Tuesday challenging the Bombay
High Court order directing CBI probe into the allegations of corruption and misconduct levelled against him by former Mumbai police commissioner Param
Bir Singh.

“We have filed an appeal on behalf of the state government against the Bombay High Court order of yesterday,” said Maharashtra standing counsel Sachin Patil. 

Deshmukh’s counsel Sudhanshu S Choudhari said that he has also filed a petition in the apex court against the high
court order.

Earlier in the day, Bombay-based lawyer Jayshree Patil, on whose criminal writ petition the high court had ordered the CBI probe, had filed a caveat in the top court seeking to be heard before any order is passed in
the matter.

After the high court order on Monday, Deshmukh, a veteran politician from Vidarbha, resigned from the state government.

The high court said it was an “extraordinary” and “unprecedented” case that warranted an independent inquiry.

In its 52-page judgement, the high court said Singh’s allegations against Deshmukh had put at stake the citizen’s faith in the state
police.

Such allegations, made by a serving police officer, against the state home minister could not be left unattended, and were required to be probed into, if prima facie, they made a case of a cognisable offence, the high court said.

It said a probe by an independent agency was necessary in the case, to «instill public confidence and safeguard the Fundamental Rights of the citizens».

The high court had pronounced the verdict on three public interest litigations (PILs) and a criminal writ petition filed last month, seeking several reliefs as also a CBI probe into the matter.

One of the PILs was filed by Singh himself, and the other two were filed by lawyer Ghanshyam Upadhyay and local teacher Mohan Bhide.

The criminal writ petition was filed by Patil.

The high court had ordered the CBI inquiry on Patil›s plea. The court also disposed of all the pleas.

Singh, in his plea filed on March 25, sought a CBI probe against Deshmukh who, he claimed, had asked police officers, including suspended cop Sachin Waze, to extort Rs 100 crore from bars and restaurants.

Deshmukh has denied any wrongdoing.

The high court had also said the nature of the allegations and the subsequent proceedings were unprecedented, and something that the two judges presiding over the pleas had never seen before.