Mumbai: After facing criticism from within the Maha Vikas Aghadi over Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s decision to transfer the Bhima-Koregaon case to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Saturday hinted that the Bhima-Koregaon case might also be investigated by the state-appointed SIT simultaneously. Also Read - 'Uddhav May Have Power But...,' Maharashtra Congress on Handover of Bhima-Koregaon Case to NIA
Addressing a press conference, the minister said that a legal notice concerning the case has been sent to an Advocate General seeking their legal opinion on whether the state can form an SIT and continue the probe into the Bhima-Koregaon case. Also Read - 'Unfair': Pawar Criticises Uddhav Thackeray Led-Maharashtra Govt Over Transfer of Bhima-Koregaon Case to NIA
“Even if the case is transferred to NIA by state, I’ve sent a note to Advocate General seeking his legal opinion to suggest if state can still form an SIT and continue with the investigation,” he said. Also Read - BJP Leaders' Phones Tapped Under Devendra Fadnavis Government, Says Anil Deshmukh
“If he (Advocate General) gives legal opinion that investigation can continue simultaneously then Maharashtra government will form an SIT to continue the investigation,” he hinted.
Notably, this comes a day after Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Chief Sharad Pawar expressed his displeasure at Uddhav Thackeray’s move to hand over the politically sensitive Elgar Parishad – Koregaon-Bhima case to the NIA.
Earlier in the day, the Maharashtra Congress also said that such things should be discussed within the alliance.
Speaking on the phone tapping incident of NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena leaders- which made headlines a few days ago, the Maharashtra home minister said that an enquiry into the matter has been ordered.
“After we ordered enquiry, workers of one of the senior BJP leaders from Jalgaon came to me & gave a letter stating ‘you’re investigating the call tapping of Shiv Sena, Congress & NCP leaders only, but phones of our leaders & workers were tapped too, investigate that too.’ We have assured them that this letter is the official complaint and the investigation will be done in that matter as well,” he said.
“After Vidhan Sabha elections, I received complaints from Shiv Sena, NCP&Congress leaders, of phone tapping. We formed a committee headed by 2 senior officers, they’ll enquire into the matter&submit the report to the govt, we’ll take action,’ he added.