Mumbai: The Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government with its former Home Minister Anil Deshmukh today, asked the Supreme Court to cancel the preliminary probe by Central Bureau of Investigation ordered into allegations of corruption against him.
The Bombay High Court had on Monday sought the probe based on a criminal writ petition related to charges leveled by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh. A team of the investigating agency was to reach Mumbai today to initiate the process.
In his petition to the apex court, Deshmukh has argued that the HC could not order such a probe against him without giving him an opportunity to explain. He also based his plea on the fact that the investigative agency itself was headed by an interim director and the case related to the matter was being in heard in court.
Singh, in his plea filed on March 25, sought such a probe against Deshmukh who, he claimed, had asked police officers, including suspended cop Sachin Waze, to extort Rs 100 crore from bars and restaurants.
Waze has been arrested by the NIA in connection with the probe into the explosive-laden SUV found near industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s residence in Mumbai. The petition also alleged corruption on his part in police transfers and postings.