Former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh challenged the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) First Information Report (FIR) filed against him on corruption and criminal conspiracy charges in the Bombay High Court on Monday.
Following a preliminary inquiry directed by the Bombay High Court on a slew of petitions, the CBI filed an FIR against Deshmukh and unknown others under the Prevention of Corruption Act and the Indian Penal Code.
Former Mumbai police commissioner Prambir Singh made a corruption charge against Deshmukh in a letter to chief minister Uddhav Thackarey on March 20, 2021, three days after he was transferred out to Maharashtra Home Guards, according to the petitions.
The preliminary investigation (PE) prima facie revealed a cognisable offence in which Deshmukh and unknown others sought to gain “undue benefit for the inappropriate and deceptive operation of his public duty,” according to the CBI.
Waze is currently in the National Investigating Agency’s custody in the case related to explosives-laden SUV and threat letter found near industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s house on February 25 and the consequent murder of a businessman in the case.
On April 5, the CBI director was ordered by a division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice GS Kulkarni to complete the PE within 15 days and take further action in accordance with the law.
“Interest of justice will be done if the director of CBI is allowed to conduct a preliminary inquiry. Once a preliminary inquiry is complete, director CBI is at discretion to further course of action.” The bench held that an unbiased probe is required to “unearth the truth.”