New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday filed an FIR against former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh and others in an alleged corruption case following the allegations of corruption made by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh. The CBI is also conducting searches at several locations in Mumbai including the house of Anil Deshmukh. 

The FIR comes days after the central probe agency had carried out a preliminary enquiry on the orders of Bombay High Court to look into the allegations against him levelled by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh. According to the officials, during the enquiry, the CBI got enough prima facie material to start a formal probe by registering a regular case against Deshmukh and other unidentified persons under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act. 

On March 25, Param Bir Singh filed criminal public interest litigation seeking a CBI probe against Deshmukh who, he claimed, had asked police officers, including suspended cop Sachin Waze, to extort Rs 100 crore from bars and restaurants.

Singh had initially approached the Supreme Court, alleging he was transferred from the post of Mumbai police commissioner after he complained to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and other senior leaders about the "corrupt malpractices" of Deshmukh. The apex court had termed the matter as quite serious but asked Singh to approach the high court.

Deshmukh had resigned from his post after the Bombay High Court directed the CBI to initiate an inquiry within 15 days into the allegations levelled against him by former Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh. The court also directed the agency to register an FIR if any cognisable offence is found.

Singh then filed the PIL in the high court, reiterating his allegations against Deshmukh and seeking an "immediate, unbiased, impartial" probe by the CBI against Deshmukh, who is an NCP leader. The Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress share power in Maharashtra.

In his letter to Thackeray, Singh had alleged that Deshmukh had indulged in "malpractices" and asked suspended Mumbai Police officer Sachin Waze to collect Rs 100 crores every month.

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan