While Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is yet to take a final decision on the explanation given by Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria on his meeting with former IPL chief Lalit Modi in London last year, sources have indicated that the state Home Department is satisfied with the police chief’s response.
According to sources, the report submitted by Maria, along with remarks made by the Additional Chief Secretary (Home) K P Bakshi, was submitted to Fadnavis late Tuesday evening. Fadnavis will decide on the next course of action.
When contacted, Bakshi confirmed that he has submitted the report to the CM. “The report, along with my remarks, has been sent to the CM through the official channel. I have made a few hand-written remarks on the report,” Bakshi said.
Sources said one of the remarks by the Home Department pertains to the name of the lawyer who Maria has said approached him and “insisted” that he meet Modi in London. When contacted, Mehmood Abdi, Modi’s counsel, said he wasn’t the lawyer in question. “I was not the lawyer. I don’t know (who it was) and I don’t want to comment,” Abdi told The Indian Express.
Sources said that any action against Maria will take a political colour in the absence of similar action against senior BJP leaders who were in touch with Lalit Modi.
Meanwhile, Maria, along with a few senior IPS officers, met Fadnavis twice — on Monday evening and Tuesday morning — since he submitted his response. Sources said that Maria’s meeting with Modi was not discussed. “Both were scheduled meetings. The CM did not rake up the ongoing controversy. In both the meetings Maria left with the other officers. The CM and Maria did not meet separately,” a senior police officer said.