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Anil Deshmukh Resigns as Maharashtra Home Minister

By: Aashruti Vohra
05 Apr 2021 9:46:48 PM CSMC, Chitkara University, Punjab

Anil Deshmukh has tendered his resignation as the Maharashtra Home Minister in the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, the party announced today morning. It was accepted by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, just an hour ago. Dilip Walse Patil has been given charge of the home department.

 

While speaking to reporters, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) spokesperson Nawab Malik said, “Deshmukh informed NCP chief Sharad Pawar that it won't be appropriate to remain in the post as CBI will be probing the charges against him.” He added that Thackeray has forwarded Deshmukh’s resignation to state Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and also informed him about Patil taking over.

 

Deshmukh’s decision came hours after the Bombay High Court ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into the allegations made by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh - that Deshmukh had set assistant police inspector Sachin Waze “a target to accumulate Rs 100 crore every month”. He also added that Deshmukh regularly interfered in police functioning matters and often misused his office. The plea was presented before the High Court stating allegations on Deshmukh.

 

Meanwhile, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad alleged that the Maharashtra chief minister has forfeited the moral authority to govern the state, reported PTI. “Democracy is run by the standards of probity and propriety,” Prasad said, adding that the “consistent conspicuous silence of Uddhav Thackeray is by itself raising a lot of questions”.

 

Deshmukh, who belongs to the NCP, an ally of the Shiv Sena and the Congress in Maharashtra, meanwhile, had refuted Singh’s allegations and claimed that the police officer was trying to cover up after mishandling the Ambani case.

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