Supreme Court rejects Maharashtra plea on investigation

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The CBI investigation into former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh continues.

Mumbai:

The CBI investigation into former Maharashtra minister Anil Deshmukh will continue, with the Supreme Court today rejecting the Maharashtra government’s request for a court-supervised investigation. “We won’t even address that issue,” the Supreme Court said.

The court ruling is a huge setback for the Maharashtra government, which has accused the center of using agencies like the CBI to target its ministers and leaders.

The Maharashtra government had filed a motion requesting the transfer of the CBI’s anti-corruption investigation against Anil Deshmukh to a court-monitored Special Investigations Team (SIT).

The petition said the CBI investigation could be biased as former Maharashtra Police Chief Subodh Kumar Jaiswal was now head of the investigative agency.

Anil Deshmukh, a senior leader of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), is being investigated over allegations of bribes for police transfers and postings when he was interior minister of Maharashtra.

Subodh Jaiswal was on the police establishment boards and oversaw transfers and postings, the Maharashtra government said, adding that Mr Jaiswal “should be a witness if not a potential defendant”.

But judges SK Kaul and MM Sundresh declined to intervene and dismissed the motion.

Anil Deshmukh has been accused of corruption and bribery by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh. He was arrested on November 2.

He is being investigated over allegations that he abused his official position and collected Rs 4.70 crore from various bars in Mumbai through a cop charged with corruption, Sachin Waze.

The money was reportedly laundered through funds from Nagpur-based Shri Sai Shikshan Sansthan, an educational trust controlled by the Deshmukh family.

In December, the Bombay High Court dismissed a similar petition from the Maharashtra government, after which it appealed to the Supreme Court.


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