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Bombay HC orders CBI probe on charges against Maharashtra HM Anil Deshmukh

While stating that the CBI need not register an FIR against Deshmukh just yet, the Bombay High Court Deshmukh called upon the need for an independent probe considering that Deshmukh leads the police department.

Bombay HC orders CBI probe against Maharashtra Home minister Anil Deshmukh-VPN
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Mumbai, First Published Apr 5, 2021, 11:24 AM IST
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The Bombay High Court has ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation to conduct a preliminary investigation on the charges levelled against Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh by former Mumbai Police Commission Param Bir Singh.

While stating that the CBI need not register an FIR against Deshmukh just yet, the Bombay High Court Deshmukh called upon the need for an independent probe considering that Deshmukh leads the police department.

The court has asked for a preliminary probe report from the CBI within 15 days.

The division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice GS Kulkarni ruled, "Once the preliminary inquiry is complete, director CBI be at discretion to further course of action."

The court directive to the CBI comes after it ruled on the maintainability of the petition filed by Dr Jaishri Patil.

Patil had approached the Malabar Hill Police Station to register an FIR into the extortion claims. An enquiry made by the court revealed that the Malabar Hill Police had not recorded Patil's complaint in their station diary

Speaking to media persons after the ruling, Patil said that Param Bir Singh's petition had been dismissed by the high court as not maintainable.

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