Bombay High Court directed Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to conduct an investigation within 15 days against Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh over allegations of corruption levelled against him by former Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh. Pronouncing its order on Monday, the court noted that directions are required to order an unbiased probe to unearth the truth.

There can be no independent probe if it is given to the police where Deshmukh is the home minister. The interest of justice will be done if the director of CBI is allowed to conduct a preliminary inquiry. Such an inquiry be conducted in accordance with law and be concluded within 15 days. Once the preliminary inquiry is complete, it will be at the discretion of director CBI to decide on the further course of action,” it said.

Last week, the high court reserved its order on various pleas filed in this regard, including one by Singh himself.

Singh was asked by the Supreme Court, where he initially filed his plea, to approach the high court first. On March 17, he was removed from his position as the Mumbai Police commissioner, and sent to a “low-key” post as commandant general, Home Guards, for mishandling the probe into an explosive-laden vehicle found near billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s residence, Antilia, on February 25.

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