NEW DELHI/MUMBAI :
THE CBI has registered a case of alleged corruption against former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh and conducted searches at his premises in Mumbai and Nagpur on Saturday, officials said. The searches were conducted for nearly 10 hours. In addition to Deshmukh’s premises, residence of his PA Sanjeev Palande in Mumbai was also searched. Deshmukh told reporters in Nagpur that he cooperated with the officials during searches at his residence. The CBI action came after completion of its preliminary enquiry registered on the orders of the Bombay High Court which was hearing a PIL on the allegations of bribery against Deshmukh levelled by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh who was shunted out from the coveted post after role of a policeman Sachin Waze surfaced in the explosive-laden SUV found parked near industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s house.
The agency has booked Deshmukh and others under IPC sections related to criminal conspiracy and section of Prevention of Corruption Act for “attempt to obtain undue advantage for improper and dishonest performance of public duty”. In his letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, after he was removed from Commissioner’s post, Singh had alleged that Deshmukh had asked Waze to extort over Rs 100 crore a month from bars and restaurants of Mumbai, they said. After registering the FIR on April 21, the CBI on Saturday carried out searches in Mumbai and Nagpur at premises linked to the former Minister who had resigned earlier this month after the high court had ordered a CBI probe against him.
In Mumbai, teams of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) searched at two properties linked to Deshmukh. Taking precautions of COVID, the teams searched Dyaneshwari bungalow in south Mumbai’s Malabar Hill, which was allotted to Deshmukh, when he was a minister and his flat in Sukhada Apartment on Sir Pochkhanwala Road in Worli. The CBI teams wearing PPE kits and masks arrived early morning and made spot panchnama of recoveries. A similar action unfolded at Deshmukh’s hometown Nagpur where the CBI team, which had arrived Friday night, searched his residence at GPO Square in Civil Lines area in the early morning.
The team left around 6.30 pm. Reacting the CBI action against its leader Deshmukh, the NCP said nobody was above the law, but added that the truth behind the “political conspiracy” against him. Mumbai cop Sunil Mane suspended: MUMBAI police on Saturday suspended inspector Sunil Mane, a day after he was arrested by the NIA in connection with the recovery of an explosives-laden SUV near industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s residence here and murder of businessman Mansukh Hiren, an official said.