NEW DELHI: Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh on Monday submitted his resignation to chief minister Uddhav Thackeray after the Bombay High Court ordered a CBI probe into the allegations of extortion against him by former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh.
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.
Here’s a look at the key developments of the day:
Dilip Walse Patil’s name under consideration for Maharashtra home minister
The name of current Maharashtra minister for labour and excise, Dilip Walse Patil, is being considered for the home minister, ANI reported quoting its sources in the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut had earlier claimed that alongside Jayant, Walse Patil was Sharad Pawar‘s choice for the home portfolio and the NCP supremo turned to Deshmukh only after the two leaders declined to take on the role.
Deshmukh’s resignation came late; Uddhav has no moral right to govern: Ravi Shankar Prasad
Union minister Ravi Shankar Parasad on Monday said although Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh has resigned, his resignation has come late and the country was being taken for ride by the alliance parties of the MVA government.
“Why is Uddhav Thackeray consistently and consciously silent over the whole issue?” asked Prasad at a press conference.
He further said the BJP expects all the linkages of this “shameful conduct of corruption in Maharashtra” is investigated properly.
“Udhdhav Thackeray is forfeited the moral right to govern,” said Prasad.
“If we link all these stories it points to conspiracy of loot in which Sachin Waze had an important role. This whole issue is very serious and role of entire state machinery must be probed. All aspects like who was shielding whom, who was encouraging whom should be investigated,” Prasad said.
Prasad also said that Sharad Pawar should have realised the implications of the whole case and should not have given clean chit to Deshmukh.
(With agency inputs)