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Anil Deshmukh case: Uddhav government raised question on CBI officer itself, said- the transfer was approved

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is currently investigating the transfer-posting against former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh. The state’s Uddhav Thackeray government told the Bombay High Court that CBI chief Subodh Jaiswal himself should be a “likely accused” in the case. On Thursday, senior advocate Darius Khambata, appearing in the court on behalf of the Maharashtra government, said before a division bench of Justice Nitin Jamdar and Justice SV Kotwal that during the year 2019-2020, when Jaiswal was the DGP of the state, he was also part of the Police Establishment Board. .

Khambata said senior IPS officers were also involved in decisions related to transfer-posting of police officers at that time. Which is now being investigated by the CBI. Let us inform that earlier the state Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte and the current DGP Sanjay Pandey were summoned to record their statements in the Anil Deshmukh case, which was also challenged by the Maharashtra government.

Khambata told the court that during the tenure of Anil Deshmukh, Subodh Jaiswal was the DGP and he had approved the recommendations regarding transfer-posting. The CBI probe is being conducted into the transfer-posting during the tenure of Anil Deshmukh. Now the DGP of that time will be investigated further. Therefore, the DGP himself should lead this investigation, it is like Anil Deshmukh himself should investigate the allegations against him.

Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Parambir Singh had made serious allegations against Anil Deshmukh, after which the CBI is now investigating these allegations. In April this year on the orders of the Bombay High Court, the CBI conducted a preliminary inquiry into the allegations against Deshmukh in this case and later an FIR was registered. In the month of September this year, the CBI had called Maharashtra Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte and current DGP Sanjay Pandey to record their statements. After this, the Maharashtra government challenged this summon in the High Court.

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Senior advocate Khambata also pointed out that the High Court in its order dated April 5 had said that those who were part of this corruption, even the complainant, should be investigated. The senior counsel told the court that when Jaiswal was part of the police board, he had approved the transfer of several police officers. Khambata claimed that Jaiswal was present in every transfer-posting related meeting.

Darius Khambata said, therefore, should the CBI not ask Jaiswal why he approved these transfers? A CBI officer will have to issue summons and ask questions to his own director. The CBI director is a likely accused in the case.

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