Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh resigned after Bombay High Court ordered a CBI probe into the allegations of extortion against him by former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh.
Deshmukh submitted his resignation letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, said NCP minister Nawab Malik. Deshmukh also tweeted a copy of the letter, in which he said the high court had passed an order for a preliminary probe by the CBI into the petition filed by advocate Jayshri Patil into the allegations.
“I don’t have the moral right to continue in office after the court order. I have decided to quit. Kindly relieve me from my post,” Deshmukh’s resignation letter said.
After the court order, Deshmukh met NCP president Sharad Pawar and expressed his desire to step down as he felt it was inappropriate to continue in office after the CBI steps in, Malik said. “Deshmukh went to hand over the letter to Thackeray after Pawar gave his “green signal” to quit,” Malik said.
Singh’s allegations are baseless but the party respects the court and hence the minister will quit, Malik said, adding the truth will come out. “The state government has already ordered a probe by a retired judge into the claims but we respect the judiciary and after the court orders, Deshmukh himself said he doesn’t wish to continue,” Malik said.