Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh has resigned from his post.
Deshmukh tendered his resignation hours after the Bombay High Court asked the CBI to probe the corruption allegations levelled against him by former Mumbai Commissioner of Police Param Bir Singh, a top NCP leader said in Mumbai on Monday.
“Soon after the high court directives, Deshmukh met NCP President Sharad Pawar and offered to resign to ensure an impartial probe. After the nod, Deshmukh has gone to meet Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to submit his resignation,” NCP National Spokesperson and Minority Affairs Minister Nawab Malik told mediapersons.
The development came shortly after a division bench comprising Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice G. S. Kulkarni directed the CBI to conduct a ‘preliminary probe’ within 15 days into Singh’s allegations against Deshmukh.
Following the High Court ruling, a high-level NCP meeting was convened by Pawar in which deputy chief Minister Ajit Pawar and other senior leaders were present to discuss the ramifications even as the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party demanded Deshmukh’s resignation.