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CBI document leak case: Delhi court orders inquiry against Anil Deshmukh

Delhi’s Rouse Avenue court on Thursday ordered the CBI to conduct an inquiry against former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh in connection with the leak of CBI’s internal probe documents. The court said the agency seems to have released the main conspirator.

The court said:

“Despite clear evidence, the investigative agency has left the mastermind of the case and filed the charge sheet. Now, the CBI should investigate the involvement of Anil Deshmukh in this case and file its status report in 4 weeks.”

The court said:

“Further from the reading of the chargesheet as a whole, and the relevant record, it appears that accused persons Dilip Daga, Gajendra Tumane were closely associated with Anil Deshmukh and may have been acting in tandem with him, who may be the controlling mind of the larger conspiracy.”

The hearing of the accused in the paper leak case will be held on January 10, however, Anil Deshmukh’s investigation report, in this case, will be heard on January 22.

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Accused Abhishek Tiwari and Dilip Daga and others were arrested after the preliminary investigation report of the CBI were leaked. However, the report said that no cognizable offence is made out against Deshmukh on the allegations of corruption levelled by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh in the Bombay High Court.

In September, CBI informed the court that confidential documents of the CBI were shared by Abhishek Tiwari, sub-inspector of CBI, with Anil Deshmukh’s lawyer Anand Daga and others in lieu of monetary benefits.

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As per the 65-page leaked CBI documents, the probe agency’s investigative officer had opined that no cognizable offence could be made out against Anil Deshmukh and recommended closure of a preliminary inquiry. When the leak came out in the public domain, the CBI tasked a special team to investigate how an internal probe report of the agency was leaked and reached the hands of people close to Anil Deshmukh.


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