In a big setback to the Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra, the Bombay High Court has asked the Central Bureau of Investigation to start a preliminary inquiry in 15 days into corruption allegations by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh against Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.
The court acknowledged that since the state government has already launched a high-level probe in the case, the investigative agency should lodge an FIR only after 15 days and decide on future course of action after the preliminary probe.
While hearing a plea filed by Dr Jaishri Patil regarding the allegations of former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh, the Bombay HC said Deshmukh is the state home minister and no impartial probe can be done by the police.
The court last week on March 31 had asked a former Mumbai top cop why he did not lodge a police complaint against Deshmukh if he was aware of alleged wrongdoing being committed by the leader.
A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice GS Kulkarni also said that without an FIR the High Court cannot intervene and direct for an independent agency like CBI to carry out an investigation.