cbi: SC rescinds Maharashtra government’s bid to oust CBI from Deshmukh case | India News


NEW DELHI: In another setback for the Maharashtra government, the Supreme Court on Friday rejected its plea for the investigation against its former Home Minister Anil Deshmukh to be removed from the CBI and handed over to a special investigative team for a court-supervised investigation.
Days after the Supreme Court transferred all criminal cases against former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh from the State Police to the CBI, a bench of Judges Sanjay Kishan Kaul and MM Sundresh refused to consider the Maharashtra government’s request to allow a State Police SIT to investigate allegations against Deshmukh, including those of alleged irregularities in the transfer and posting of police officers. Maharashtra approached SC after Bombay HC rejected his plea.
He argued that the CBI would not be allowed to investigate the case as the current head of the central agency was, in his previous role as Maharashtra police chief, part of the decision-making process on the transfer and the assignment and therefore the agency couldn’t conduct a fair investigation of the case in which its director Subodh Kumar Jaiswal could himself be a defendant or a witness.
The bench was unimpressed with the claim, however, and dismissed the motion without notifying CBI and hearing its submission. The HC had ruled that there was no substance to the assertion that CBI lacks jurisdiction to pursue the investigation.

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