GG News Bureau
Mumbai, 29th Oct. The Bombay High Court has said that the petition of former minister Anil Deshmukh is not fit to prevent the Directorate or the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) from taking any coercive action against him.
The Bombay High Court in the case of alleged money laundering and corruption rejected the petition of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader seeking quashing of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) summons issued against former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.
The court said that the former minister’s petition was not fit to prevent the Directorate or the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) from taking any coercive action against him. However, the court said that if Deshmukh fears his arrest in this case, he has the right to seek relief like any other litigant by approaching the appropriate court.
The court directed the directorate to allow Deshmukh’s lawyer to be present at the central agency’s office at such a distance where he can “see but not hear” Deshmukh during his interrogation.
The CBI had registered an FIR against the NCP leader on August 21 this year on allegations of corruption and misuse of his official position, following which the directorate initiated a probe against Deshmukh and others and called them for questioning. The CBI had registered the FIR after a preliminary inquiry into the corruption and misconduct allegations leveled against Deshmukh by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Parambir Singh.