Maharashtra govt to challenge Bombay HC's order on charges against Anil Deshmukh, says newly appointed state Home Minister Dilip Walse-Patil

Day after taking charge as Maharashtra's new Home Minister, Dilip Walse-Patil said that the state government will move the Supreme Court against the Bombay High Court's order for a preliminary probe by the CBI into allegations of corruption against NCP leader Anil Deshmukh.

Deshmukh resigned as Maharashtra's home minister on Monday after the HC directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to conduct a preliminary inquiry within 15 days into the allegations leveled against him by former Mumbai police chief Param Bir Singh.

Talking to reporters on Tuesday, Walse Patil said the state government will provide all assistance to the CBI for its probe into the matter.

"The government will challenge the high court's order in the Supreme Court," he said.

Patil also said that strengthening the police force, clean administration, no political interference, SHAKTI Act, police housing will be his top priorities as the new Home Minister.

He also said that he has spoken to the additional DG about preparations in Naxal-affected areas in Maharashtra and they are well trained to tackle the situation.

Veteran NCP leader and party president Sharad Pawar’s close confidant Dilip Walse-Patil was appointed as Maharashtra home minister, after the resignation of the incumbent Anil Deshmukh, who stepped down following the Bombay high court ordering a preliminary probe by CBI into the corruption charges against him.

Walse-Patil was in charge of the labour and excise departments after being inducted by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in his council of ministers in January 2020.

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