Deshmukh Kovid was undergoing treatment on the days mentioned in the letter; allegations are baseless: Sharad Pawar | Sharad Pawar | Param Bir Singh | Anil Deshmukh

Mumbai: Leaders of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) will meet in Mumbai on Monday to discuss the resignation of Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh following allegations of corruption by a former police chief. Opposition parties have stated they will not run in the by-elections, but will seek to have Anil Deshmukh removed from the ministry. She added that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray would take a final decision on the issue.

In a letter to former Mumbai City Police Commissioner Parambir Singh Uddhav Thackeray, Deshmukh had alleged that Deshmukh was carrying out a ‘robbery gang’ in the state and demanded that crime branch official Sachin Vaze be given Rs 100 crore every month. An SUV carrying explosives was found near the residence of Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani. Parambir Singh was the officer who was displaced in the NIA arrest of Sachin Wase, a crime branch officer in the case.

But NCP president Sharad Pawar said Deshmukh was in hospital on the days mentioned in the letter by Parambir Singh. According to the letter, Parambir Singh had received information against Deshmukh from various quarters in mid – February, but he was in hospital for treatment from February 6 to 16.

Earlier, NCP president Sharad Pawar had said that the allegations against Deshmukh were serious and would be discussed at a party meeting. Pawar had said that he would meet the chief minister after the talks and that the chief minister would decide whether to remove Deshmukh from office.

Content Highlights: Sharad Pawar says allegations against Anil Deshmukh by Param Bir Singh ‘hold no ground’