In the wake of a CBI inquiry ordered against him by the Bombay High Court, Anil Deshmukh on Monday resigned as Home Minister from the Uddhav Thackeray-led government.
The development came shortly after the Bombay High Court directed the CBI to conduct a preliminary inquiry within 15 days into allegations of corruption and misconduct levelled by former Mumbai police chief Param Bir Singh against him.
“After the high court order, Home Minister Anil Deshmukh met Pawar Ji and party leaders and said he doesn’t want to remain in the post. He went to tender his resignation to the CM. Party has requested to the CM to accept his resignation”, said NCP leader Nawab Malik.
Deshmukh submitted his resignation letter to Thackeray, Malik said.
State BJP chief Chandrakant Patil said he is happy that Deshmukh has quit, adding there will be many ”shocking revelations” in the CBI probe.