Maharashtra Home Secretary Anil Deshmukh said on Sunday that allegations against him by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh would be investigated by a retired judge from the High Court.
“Maharashtra CM has decided that the allegations made against me by the former Mumbai Police Commissioner will be examined by a retired High Court judge,” Deshmukh said.
The minister had previously written to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, urging him to order an investigation into the allegations.
“I had asked the Honorable Chief Minister to order an investigation into Param Bir Singh’s allegation against me to clarify the situation. I would be happy for the Honorable Chief Minister to order an investigation,” Deshmukh wrote on Twitter.
In his letter, Deshmukh said there was “no truth” in the allegations.
Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh wrote a letter to Thackeray alleging that Deshmukh had engaged in “embezzlement” and asked suspended Deputy Police Inspector Sachin Waze to collect ₹100 crore every month.
Meanwhile, Singh filed a public interest dispute on Thursday in the Bombay High Court, calling for an “immediate and impartial” investigation against Deshmukh.
Singh said in his plea that Deshmukh held meetings at his residence with several Mumbai police officials, including Waze, in February this year.
During these meetings, Deshmukh asked the officers to collect ₹100 crore per month from various establishments, reads the plea. He added that Deshmukh regularly interfered with the functioning of the police and often abused his office.
Deshmukh’s conduct warranted an investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the plea says.
The former Mumbai police commissioner also accused Deshmukh of “malfeasance” in the transfers and assignments of police officers.
Singh informed Chief Minister Thackeray of the allegations, but “immediately thereafter on March 17” was returned to the Home Guards Department without allowing him to complete the “fixed minimum term of two years”, he said. -he says.
Deshmukh later said in an interview that Singh’s colleagues made serious flaws in the investigation into the recovery of the explosives-laden vehicle near Mukesh Ambani’s house.
However, there were five other senior officers between him and Deputy Police Inspector Waze who were also handling the investigation, and all necessary assistance was provided by his office, Singh said.