Deshmukh’s issue raised again: BJP MPs

A second petition has been filed in the Bombay High Court seeking a court-monitored probe by an independent agency & registration of an FIR, against the Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray, home minister Anil Deshmukh & former Mumbai Police Commissioner, Param Bir Singh, for “gross negligence,” in taking action, following allegations of corruption.

In a letter to the CM, Singh accused Deshmukh of running an extortion racket on March 20, after he was ousted from the CP’s office & asked to take charge as Director General Home Guard. The petition seeks the investigation against them u/s 166 (Public servant disobeying the law, with intent to cause injury to any person) of the IPC.

The ruckus started a little before noon when BJP MP Sushil Modi sought to speak, towards the end of the zero-hours, demanding the dismissal of Mr. Deshmukh. House Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu immediately shot down the demand, leading to protests from the treasury benches. Many BJP MPs stood up & started shouting slogans.

Later, speaking outside the House, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said, “it is the duty of the treasury benches to run the house. It is most unfortunate that the ministers themselves are leading the charge to disrupt the house. The chair must name such ministers & advice them to conduct themselves.”

Mr. Modi said the events in Maharashtra were unprecedented & therefore, the reactions to it would also be “equally unprecedented”. “It is not a question of treasury benches or the opposition benches. A critical allegation put against the Home Minister of such a big state State like Maharashtra,” he said.

Mr. Sushil Modi said Mr. Singh is not the only one to make such allegations. He said “a lady IPS officer has also accused the State Home Minister of taking money for transfers and postings. Then there is the case of IPS officer Sanjay Pandey who has filed a case in the SC; challenging the appointment of the current DGP. So overall there is chaos in Maharashtra. ”

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