New Delhi: Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed the pleas filed by the Maharashtra govt and its former home minister Anil Deshmukh challenging Bombay High Court order directing a CBI probe into allegations of corruption levelled against him by former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh. Also Read - Maharashtra CM in Favour of Complete Lockdown? Uddhav Thackeray Holds All-Party Meet Over COVID Crisis
According to a Bar and Bench report, The Bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Hemant Gupta noted in its order, “The nature of allegations and personas involved needs an enquiry by independent agency. It is a matter of public confidence. We are not inclined to entertain this. Dismissed.” Also Read - Maharashtra SSC, HSC Exams 2021: Decision on Class 10 and Class 12 Exams Soon, Says Varsha Gaikwad
“Given the serious nature of allegations, and the personas involved, the matter do require an independent agency to investigate the matter. It is a matter of public confidence. We may also note that what has been ordered is only a preliminary enquiry. Therefore, we are no inclined to interfere with the impugned order”. Also Read - Maharashtra Reports 58,993 Fresh COVID Cases, CM Uddhav Thackeray To Chair All Party Meet Today
“The two personas involved in the case were working together till they fell apart. Both of them were holding high positions. Certainly an independent investigation is needed”, Justice Kaul said during the hearing according to a Live Law report.
“The nature of personas involved in the case, and the seriousness of the allegations, warrant a CBI investigation”, Justice Kaul added.
Appearing for the Maharashtra government, Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi pointed out that the High Court had failed to address the question of maintainability of the petitions before it.
“It is not an enemy of yours who has made the allegation. The man was almost your right hand”, the judge told Senior Advocate Dr Abhisehk Manu Singhvi, who was appearing for the Maharashtra Government.
On Monday, the Bombay High Court allowed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe allegations levelled against Anil Deshmukh by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh.