Mumbai: Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh resigned from his post on Monday citing “moral grounds”.
The decision came hours after the Bombay High Court ordered central agency CBI to carry out a preliminary probe into former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh’s allegations of extortion and illegal transfers against Deshmukh.
“I don’t want to continue as Home Minister as an investigation is on,” Deshmukh’s resignation letter read. Deshmukh belongs to Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).
Deshmukh had earlier trashed calls for his ouster for weeks, saying he had done no wrong.
His party had also ruled out his resignation and after several meetings, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s Shiv Sena had also fallen in line despite an uncomfortable situation within the alliance.