Anil Deshmukh fined ₹50K for seeking adjournment

Anil Deshmukh fined ₹50K for seeking adjournment
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One-liner: An inquiry commission conducting a probe into corruption allegations against former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh imposed a cost of ₹50K on him on Tuesday for seeking an adjournment in the matter.

Why the cost: As the matter came up for hearing, a lawyer from Deshmukh's legal team sought the adjournment, saying the senior counsel could not be present before the commission as he was busy with some other matter.

  • The commission, as a last chance, adjourned the matter till 12.30 pm on Wednesday
  • It also imposed a cost of ₹50K on the NCP leader and directed that it be deposited in the Chief Minister's Covid Relief Fund

Need to know: The commission had earlier this month also imposed a cost of ₹15K on Deshmukh for seeking adjournment.

Why the probe: The Maharashtra govt had formed the Justice K U Chandiwal Commission in March this year to probe the corruption allegations levelled against Deshmukh by former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh.

  • Singh, who was transferred from the post of Mumbai police commissioner in March after a bomb scare near the residence of industrialist Mukesh Ambani, alleged that Deshmukh had asked police officers to collect Rs 100 crore in a month from bars and restaurants in the city
  • The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) are also probing the allegations made against Deshmukh by Singh

Background: Deshmukh, who resigned from the post of state home minister in April this year, had been arrested by the ED in connection with a money laundering case. He is currently in judicial custody.

Source: PTI

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