Mumbai :   A Metropolitan Magistrate Court has dismissed the complaint filed by social activist Abdul Malik Chaudhary against former Chief Minister late Vilasrao Deshmukh, for allegedly interfering and shielding a Congress MLA in cases filed by some farmers from Buldhana

The Additional Metropolitan Magistrate at Esplanade court, P G Patil, dismissed the complaint filed by Chaudhary in 2011, taking the death of Deshmukh into account.

In his complaint, Chaudhary had sought an investigation by the police against the then Chief Minister alleging that in 2006 Deshmukh had protected Dilip Kumar Sananda, a leading moneylender family in Buldhana, from police action. It was alleged that on Deshmukh’s instructions, his personal secretary gave directions to the Khamgaon city police, Buldhana, not to initiate action against Sananda.

The complaint had stated that many farmers from Buldhana had approached the court complaining that the police refused to register a case related to money lending transactions against Dilipkumar. Farmers had also alleged that Deshmukh’s personal secretary called the police superintendent asking him not to register complaints.

The Magistrate’s court had in March 2011, after hearing the complaint, directed the Marine Drive police to investigate the allegations made in the complaint and submit the report before the court.

The police had, in its report, stated that “the alleged offence has taken place in Buldhana. Therefore, the facts of the case clearly reveal that the cause of action has arisen at Buldhana district and not in Mumbai. Hence, for want of jurisdiction, the complaint is not maintainable”.

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