Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has booked former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh over the corruption and bribery allegations posed against him by former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh. The investigation agency also carried out searches at multiple locations in Mumbai on Saturday.
CBI had carried out a preliminary inquiry in compliance with the Bombay High Court order to investigate the allegations of bribery against Anil Deshmukh.
As per the officials, they have got enough prima facie material to initiate a formal probe against the minister. CBI has filed an FIR against him under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Deshmukh has been denying all the allegations. He resigned from the State Cabinet on April 5 following a Bombay High Court order directing CBI to conduct a preliminary inquiry into the allegations posed against him.
On March 25, former Police Commissioner of Mumbai Param Bir Singh had filed criminal public interest litigation seeking an investigation against Deshmukh. He had alleged that ex-Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh had asked the police officers including suspended Sachin Vaze to extort Rs 100 crore from the hookah parlours, bars, and restaurants.