CBI has issued summons to Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte and DGP Sanjay Pandey in the case registered against former state home minister Anil Deshmukh. This has been challenged by the state government in the Bombay High Court. On Wednesday, Justice Nitin Jamadar and Justice S.V. The state government mentioned this before the bench of Kotwal and requested for an urgent hearing. The High Court has fixed October 20 for hearing the matter.
The CBI had earlier this month issued summons to DGP Pandey and chief secretary Kunte in connection with the corruption probe against Deshmukh and they were asked to appear before this week. The summons were issued in connection with the investigation of an FIR registered against Deshmukh for alleged political interference in the transfers and appointments of police officers. Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Parambir Singh had made these allegations against Deshmukh in March this year in a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
Extortion case: ED’s investigation based on the claims of the accused
On Wednesday, former state home minister Anil Deshmukh told the Bombay High Court that the proceedings against him in the alleged money laundering case by the ED are based on the claim of the accused of heinous crimes like murder and extortion. A bench of Justice Nitin Jamadar and Justice S V Kotwal, after hearing both the sides on Deshmukh’s plea, said the order would be pronounced later. In this petition, Deshmukh has requested for the summons issued to him by the ED and quashing the entire proceedings in the case.
Deshmukh, who failed to appear before the ED, said through his counsel that he wants to appear before the probe agency tomorrow, but the agency is creating an image of adopting a non-cooperation attitude against him. Additional Solicitor General Aman Lekhi, appearing for the ED, told the court that if Deshmukh is making allegations of malice, he should make such persons as parties to his plea, whom he is accusing of being murderers and extortionists. . Senior advocate Vikram Choudhary, appearing for Deshmukh, told the bench that the arguments against him were fabricated.