Court Seeks Maharashtra Reply After Lawyer Objects To Its Plea Over FIR Against Anil Deshmukh

Court Seeks Maharashtra Reply After Lawyer Objects To Its Plea Over FIR Against Anil Deshmukh

The CBI registered the FIR against Anil Deshmukh on April 21. File

Mumbai:

The Bombay High Court today allowed an advocate, who sought a CBI probe against former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on corruption charges, to file an application to intervene in a state government’s plea challenging parts of the FIR registered against Mr Deshmukh.

Advocate Jayshri Patil sought to intervene in the petition and raised preliminary objections on its maintainability, arguing that the state government has no locus standi.

A division bench of Justices S S Shinde and N J Jamadar asked Ms Patil to file an intervening application and directed the state government to file its reply to the same, and posted the matter for further hearing on June 18.

The court said on June 18 it would also hear a petition filed by Mr Deshmukh, seeking to quash the FIR registered by the CBI against him on April 21.

The bench said the CBI shall file its reply to Mr Deshmukh’s plea by then.

The CBI on April 21 registered the FIR against Mr Deshmukh over charges of corruption and misuse of official position.

The NCP leader has denied the allegations against him.

The FIR was lodged after the agency conducted a preliminary enquiry against Mr Deshmukh following an order from the high court on April 5, passed in a petition filed by Jayshri Patil. The state government last month filed a petition seeking a direction to the CBI to set aside two paragraphs from the FIR, which, as per the government, were not relevant to the case against Mr Deshmukh.

One of those paragraphs is about allegations levelled against Mr Deshmukh by Sachin Waze, who has been dismissed from police service after his arrest in the case of an explosives-laden SUV found near the residence of industrialist Mukesh Ambani.

The second paragraph pertains to alleged corruption in transfers and postings of police officials.

On Thursday, Solicitor General of India Tushar Mehta, appearing for the CBI, said the probe agency has serious objections to the state government’s petition, which appears to have been filed to pre-empt the investigations being done by the CBI against Deshmukh.

Mehta said he would continue the earlier assurance given to the high court that the agency would not act upon letters sent by it to the state government, seeking documents pertaining to complaints lodged by senior IPS officer Rashmi Shukla about the alleged corruption in police postings and transfers.

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