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Preliminary Enquiry against Anil Deshmukh: CBI reviews documents, statements

Deshmukh, who has rejected the allegations levelled against him, resigned from the cabinet on April 5 after the HC order.

By: PTI | Mumbai |
Updated: April 10, 2021 10:28:53 pm
Anil Deshmukh, Anil Deshmukh booked, Anil Deshmukh bribery case, former Maharashtra home minister booked, Maharashtra news, Indian expressFormer Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh. (Express Photo: Ganesh Shirsekar)

The CBI on Saturday reviewed the statements and documents collected by it during the ongoing Preliminary Enquiry (PE) in former Mumbai police chief Param Bir Singh’s allegations of corruption against ex-Home minister of Maharashtra Anil Deshmukh, an official said.

As the PE ordered by the Bombay High Court is time-bound, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is preparing an action plan to be adopted during the probe, as part of which the agency team studied all the documents and statements.

“As the allegations are serious and sensitive in nature, the CBI team on Saturday reviewed the documents and statements,” the official said.

The CBI team has so far recorded statements of former Mumbai Commissioner of Police Param Bir Singh, currently posted as the Director General of state Home Guards, suspended API Sachin Waze, who is in the custody of the NIA, DCP Raju Bhujbal, ACP Sanjay Patil, Advocate Jayshree Patil, a petitioner, and hotel owner Mahesh Shetty.

The NIA is probing the case of an explosives-laden SUV found near industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s house, ‘Antilia’, in south Mumbai on February 25.

Waze is also under the scanner for the alleged murder of Thane businessman Mansukh Hiran, who was in possession of that SUV.

Armed with an order of a special NIA court here, the CBI has been questioning Waze.

Following an order of the Bombay High Court, the CBI on Tuesday registered a case to probe the allegations against Deshmukh.

Singh was shifted from the post of Mumbai police commissioner to the Home Guards department on March 17.

Singh later filed a petition in the HC seeking a CBI probe against Deshmukh, alleging the NCP leader had asked Waze and other police officers to extort Rs 100 crore from restaurants and bars in Mumbai.

Deshmukh, who has rejected the allegations levelled against him, resigned from the cabinet on April 5 after the HC order.

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