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Anil Deshmukh is currently in jail since his arrest by the ED on 2 November 2021.
In a major setback to the Maharashtra government on Friday, the Supreme Court refused to stay the ongoing CBI probe against Anil Deshmukh. The court refused to interfere in the matter and rejected the demand of the state government to hand over the Deshmukh case to the SIT. During the hearing in the court, the SC said that we will not ‘touch’ this matter. Earlier, the Bombay High Court had also dismissed the petition of the Maharashtra government.
After this decision of the court, the CBI investigation against the former Home Minister will continue. The CBI has registered a case against Anil Deshmukh under sections of the IPC and section of the Prevention of Corruption Act relating to alleged criminal conspiracy. In the same case, Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Pandey was also questioned by the CBI last week.
However, he was arrested on November 2 last year in a money laundering case registered by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). His personal secretary Sanjeev Palande and personal assistant Kundan Shinde were arrested in the same case in June.
The state government gave this reasoning behind giving the case to the SIT.
The Maharashtra government had said that former DGP of Maharashtra Subodh Kumar Jaiswal is now the director of CBI. There is a possibility of bias in the CBI investigation. Jaiswal was part of the Police Establishment Boards and supervised transfers and postings. If the CBI director is not a potential accused, then there must be witnesses. A bench of Justices SK Kaul and MM Sundaresh heard the matter.
7 thousand page charge sheet has been filed against Deshmukh
Anil Deshmukh is currently in judicial custody. On December 29 last year, a 7000-page supplementary charge sheet was filed by the ED against Deshmukh and his son on charges of extortion and corruption. Apart from this, chargesheet has already been filed against 14 people including Deshmukh’s personal secretary Sanjeev Palade and personal assistant Kundan Shinde.
Why was Anil Deshmukh arrested?
Where did the whole affair begin?
On 25 February 2021, an SUV filled with explosives was recovered near Antilia, the house of Mukesh Ambani. The police had found gelatin rods and vehicle number plates in the SUV. The SUV was then in the custody of Mansukh Hiren, whose body was found in a drain in Thane. The investigation of this case was earlier the responsibility of Sachin Wajhe, but later the responsibility of investigation was handed over to the NIA. The NIA arrested Vajhe in March. The NIA had made 10 people, including Sachin Vajhe, accused in the chargesheet. Vajhe was alleged to have parked an explosive-laden SUV near Ambani’s house to prove himself as a supercop.
After this, the Maharashtra government transferred Mumbai Police Commissioner Parambir Singh and made him the DG of Home Guard. After the transfer, Parambir Singh wrote a letter to Uddhav Thackeray, alleging illegal recovery.