In a setback for the Maharashtra government and its former Home Secretary Anil Deshmukh, the Supreme Court on Thursday refused to hear petitions challenging the Bombay High Court order ordering a preliminary CBI investigation into the allegations of corruption against him by the former Mumbai police commissioner. Param Bir Singh.
A bench composed of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Hemant Gupta said: “The nature of the allegations is serious and those involved require investigation by an independent agency … it is a matter of public confidence. We are not inclined to to accept that. Rejected. “
The higher court was convinced by the order of the Bombay High Court and, without hearing arguments from opposing parties, dismissed the petitions filed by the government of Maharashtra and Deshmukh.
“He (Deshmukh) did not resign when the state set up a commission of inquiry. He resigned after a decision of the High Court. He was clinging to his duties,” he observed. .
During the hearing, the bench also noted that the former Mumbai police commissioner, who made the allegations against him, was not Deshmukh’s enemy but rather “was almost his right-hand man”.
Senior lawyer Kapil Sibal, representing Deshmukh, argued that the allegations against his client were only hearsay and had no probative value and could not justify a CBI investigation into the case. As he insisted that his client should have been heard before the High Court passed the CBI investigation order, the bench noted that the CBI investigation into the case does not constitute an attack on the structure. federal.