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SC Dismisses Pleas by Maharashtra Govt, Anil Deshmukh; Says CBI Probe Needed As Allegations Serious

<p>The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed pleas filed by the Maharashtra Government and its former home minister Anil Deshmukh challenging the Bombay High Court order directing a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into allegations of corruption levelled against him by former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh.</p> <p>Justice S.K. Kaul, who heard the matter, stated the allegations are serious and require an independent probe.&nbsp;&ldquo;The Home Minister and Police Commissioner are involved. They are closely working together till they fall apart, both holding a particular position. Should the CBI not probe? The nature of allegations and persons involved require an independent probe,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p><strong>READ:</strong> <strong><a href="https://news.abplive.com/news/india/mamata-downplays-ec-notice-asks-how-many-complaints-against-pm-modi-who-does-hindu-muslim-every-day-1452145" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Mamata Downplays EC Notice, Asks How Many Complaints Against PM Modi Who Does 'Hindu-Muslim Every Day&rsquo;</a></strong></p> <p>Senior advocate Kapil Sibal representing Deshmukh told the apex court that the law must be uniform for everyone.</p> <p>&ldquo;It can&rsquo;t be that just because the Police Commissioner has said something, his words become evidence,&rdquo; he added.</p> <p>Sibal further said there can be no preliminary inquiry without hearing Deshmukh.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s only an inquiry on the basis of something akin to a press conference. It&rsquo;s hearsay,&rdquo; he added.</p> <p>Justice Kaul observed: &ldquo;It was not your (Anil Deshmukh) enemy, who made the allegations against you but it was done by the one who was almost your right-hand man (Param Bir Singh). The probe should be done against both.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>READ</strong>: <strong><a href="https://news.abplive.com/news/india/param-bir-singh-case-bombay-high-court-decision-sachin-vaze-antilia-case-cbi-inquiry-anil-deshmukh-1451632" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Bombay HC Orders CBI Inquiry On Anil Deshmukh Over Charges Levelled By Param Bir Singh</a></strong></p> <p>The Bombay High Court had earlier on April 5 directed the CBI to conduct a preliminary inquiry into corruption allegations against Deshmukh.</p> <p>The bench ordered the CBI Director to conduct a preliminary inquiry in accordance with law and conclude it within 15 days.</p> <p>The former top cop moved the High Court last month...

<p>The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed pleas filed by the Maharashtra Government and its former home minister Anil Deshmukh challenging the Bombay High Court order directing a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into allegations of corruption levelled against him by former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh.</p> <p>Justice S.K. Kaul, who heard the matter, stated the allegations are serious and require an independent probe.&nbsp;&ldquo;The Home Minister and Police Commissioner are involved. They are closely working together till they fall apart, both holding a particular position. Should the CBI not probe? The nature of allegations and persons involved require an independent probe,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p><strong>READ:</strong> <strong><a href="https://news.abplive.com/news/india/mamata-downplays-ec-notice-asks-how-many-complaints-against-pm-modi-who-does-hindu-muslim-every-day-1452145&quot; target="_blank" rel="noopener">Mamata Downplays EC Notice, Asks How Many Complaints Against PM Modi Who Does ‘Hindu-Muslim Every Day&rsquo;</a></strong></p> <p>Senior advocate Kapil Sibal representing Deshmukh told the apex court that the law must be uniform for everyone.</p> <p>&ldquo;It can&rsquo;t be that just because the Police Commissioner has said something, his words become evidence,&rdquo; he added.</p> <p>Sibal further said there can be no preliminary inquiry without hearing Deshmukh.</p> <p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s only an inquiry on the basis of something akin to a press conference. It&rsquo;s hearsay,&rdquo; he added.</p> <p>Justice Kaul observed: &ldquo;It was not your (Anil Deshmukh) enemy, who made the allegations against you but it was done by the one who was almost your right-hand man (Param Bir Singh). The probe should be done against both.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>READ</strong>: <strong><a href="https://news.abplive.com/news/india/param-bir-singh-case-bombay-high-court-decision-sachin-vaze-antilia-case-cbi-inquiry-anil-deshmukh-1451632&quot; target="_blank" rel="noopener">Bombay HC Orders CBI Inquiry On Anil Deshmukh Over Charges Levelled By Param Bir Singh</a></strong></p> <p>The Bombay High Court had earlier on April 5 directed the CBI to conduct a preliminary inquiry into corruption allegations against Deshmukh.</p> <p>The bench ordered the CBI Director to conduct a preliminary inquiry in accordance with law and conclude it within 15 days.</p> <p>The former top cop moved the High Court last month seeking an &ldquo;immediate and unbiased&rdquo; probe against Deshmukh, who he claimed asked police officer Sachin Vaze to collect ₹100 crores from bars and restaurants.</p> <p>He had mentioned in his plea that Deshmukh used to frequently interfere with police investigations and even held meetings at his residence with police officers.</p>

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