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Bombay HC refuses to quash CBI FIR against Anil Deshmukh

The verdict was delivered by the division bench of Justices Shinde, Jamadar

anil deshmukh file (File) Anil Deshmukh

The Bombay High Court on Thursday refused to quash a CBI FIR against former state home minister Anil Deshmukh. The Bombay High Court gave its verdict after hearing pleas from the Maharashtra government and Deshmukh against the FIR. The verdict was delivered by the division bench consisting of Justices S.S. Shinde and N.J. Jamadar.

The Bombay High Court had on April 5 ordered the CBI to conduct a preliminary inquiry into the allegations levelled against Deshmukh relating to corruption and misuse of his official position. The CBI had on April 24 filed an FIR accusing Deshmukh of corruption and misusing his official position while he was home minister of Maharashtra.

In March this year, days after his removal from the post of Mumbai police commissioner, senior IPS officer Param Bir Singh had alleged that Deshmukh had asked police officers, including (now dismissed) cop Sachin Waze, to collect Rs 100 crore each month from bars and restaurants.

Deshmukh had resigned from the Uddhav Thackeray government, after the High Court ordered a CBI probe against him.

The Maharashtra government had also opposed the CBI probe. The Maharashtra government alleged the CBI was "going beyond the High Court's order by including issues of the reinstatement of former assistant police inspector Sachin Waze, and Deshmukh's undue interference in the transfers and postings of Mumbai police officers".

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