Terming the allegations of former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh’s recovery of Rs 100 crore every month as serious, the Supreme Court on Thursday said that what is wrong in this, is the investigation of such cases independent of the investigating agency Should not be provided with The court refused to restrain or interfere in the investigation, saying that the CBI probe against Anil Deshmukh would continue. Earlier, during the hearing in the Supreme Court, senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Deshmukh and the Maharashtra government, Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi also strongly advocated. Sibal argued that an inquiry was ordered based on oral allegations. Where is the evidence in this case.
The case was heard in front of the bench of Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Hemant Gupta. The Maharashtra government and former state minister of state Anil Deshmukh had approached the Supreme Court to challenge the CBI probe against Deshmukh. The Bombay High Court, while hearing the plea of former Mumbai Police Commissioner Parambir Singh, was ordered to conduct a preliminary inquiry by the CBI against Deshmukh. Now this decision has been challenged by the Maharashtra government in the Supreme Court. The petition has sought the cancellation of the order of the CBI investigation.
Sibal said, where is the evidence related to Parambir’s allegations
Sibal said, I do not speak of the government, I say that Parambir Singh has only spoken in his charge, he has not presented any evidence. There is not a single proof, when did it happen, what happened? A CBI inquiry was ordered against the evidence without evidence. When the trust and harmony of each other is over, it is a matter of the latter. At first, there should be a matter of proof. In the petition filed by Deshmukh, it has been said that the Central Government is making political use of the CBI.
Said, CBI is surrounded by questions on its own
The CBI itself is under the scanner of questions. The work of the CBI is being looked after by an interim director and the case of the director is pending in the Supreme Court. In such a situation, what is the rationale for giving investigation to CBI. Does the High Court have no faith in the state government’s investigation. Now two Anil Deshmukh has resigned from his post. There is no reason that he will be able to interfere in any investigation of the state government. It has been said in the petition that giving investigation to the CBI is like abolishing the authority of the state government. The state government has withdrawn the consent of the CBI investigation.
Maharashtra government lawyer Singhvi said, unusual proceedings took place
Abhishek Manu Singhvi argued on behalf of the Maharashtra government. Singhvi said that unusual action has been taken in this case. The petitioner named Jayashree Patil filed the writ petition within two days. His petition was not listed with Parambir Singh and others on 31 March. The High Court had heard whether the petition in this case was hearable or not. Notices were also not issued to other parties and the High Court ordered a direct CBI inquiry.
We should have been given a chance to present our case on merit.
Justice Kaul said, seeing the seriousness of the charges, a CBI inquiry is necessary
Justice Kaul said that it is such a case that the commissioner and the home minister were on the same page earlier. If there is a problem between the two, then they are making allegations. Justice Kaul said that these allegations are very serious. It includes the commissioner and the home minister. Is this not a case of CBI investigation? Shouldn’t this case be investigated by independent agency? Justice Kaul said that due to the nature of the allegations, involvement of the people, an independent investigation into the case is necessary.
Verbal allegations do not matter
Kapil Sibal said on behalf of Deshmukh that this is a complete mockery of justice. Justice Kaul reminded that at the time the High Court order came, he was in the post. Kapil Sibal said that verbal allegations have no value. Justice Kaul reminded him that Parambir Singh had written the letter. Sibal argued that Parambir had no knowledge personally.
There was a sensation due to allegations of recovery of 100 crores rupees
In fact, the then Mumbai Police Commissioner Parambir Singh then accused Anil Deshmukh, who was the Home Minister, of running a racket of Rs 100 crore every month. At that time, Parambir was removed from the post of Commissioner on the Mukesh Ambani case and sent to the Home Guards Department. On Monday, the High Court issued a CBI inquiry order against Anil Deshmukh on the petition of former Mumbai Police Commissioner Parambir Singh.
The High Court asked for an inquiry report in 15 days
While hearing the petition, the High Court had said that the Home Minister has been charged with recovery, which is very serious. In such a situation, it should be investigated by the CBI. The High Court has asked to submit the investigation report to the CBI Director within 15 days. On Monday, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh resigned within three hours of the CBI inquiry order. Anil Deshmukh had submitted his resignation to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.