Maharashtra government challenges Bombay HC order on charges against Anil Deshmukh

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MUMBAI : Maharashtra government to move Supreme Court against Bombay High Court order for CBI preliminary investigation into corruption allegations against NCP chief Anil Deshmukh, Interior Minister said Tuesday, Dilip Walse Patil.

Deshmukh resigned as interior minister of Maharashtra on Monday after the HC ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to conduct a preliminary investigation within 15 days into the allegations made against him by the former chief from Mumbai Police, Param Bir Singh.

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Later, Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari handed over responsibility for the key department to Minister and NCP Head Dilip Walse Patil.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Walse Patil said the state government would provide all assistance to the CBI in its investigation into the matter.

“The government will challenge the High Court’s decision to the Supreme Court,” he said.

On March 25, Singh filed a public interest criminal action demanding a CBI investigation against Deshmukh, who he said asked police officers, including suspended police officer Sachin Waze, 100 crore of bars and restaurants.

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Deshmukh has denied any wrongdoing.

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