Maharashtra govt allies to meet following bribery charge against Home Minister Deshmukh
Amid controversy over the Mukesh Ambani bomb scare case, a letter written by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh accusing Home Minister Anil Deshmukh has gained wide attention.
Earlier, NCP Chief Sharad Pawar said that Singh's letter has raised serious allegations against Deshmukh, but added that the letter in question is not signed and even questioned the timing of it.
Today, senior members of the Maha Vika Aghadi (MVA) government will discuss and decide the matter. Also, CM Thackeray has called top officials meeting from the Home Department at 4:30 pm today.
While responding to Pawar's remark, Devendra Fadnavis, former Maharashtra Chief Minister, said that the NCP chief was trying to defend his government. He added that a probe into the matter cannot be done till Deshmukh stays on his post and hence, the state Home Minister must resign for the investigation to start.
On March 20, in an unsigned letter, Singh accused Home Minister Deshmukh of corruption. In the letter addressing Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Singh alleged that Deshmukh had asked encounter specialist Sachin Vaze to collect Rs 100 crore every month from various establishments including bars, restaurants and others. Immediately after the incident, Deshmukh refuted the claims and said that Singh was making false allegations to save himself from legal action following the Ambani bomb scare case.