SC refuses to entertain Anil Deshmukh’s plea in corruption and money laundering case

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New Delhi, Nov 18 : The Supreme Court on Thursday refused to entertain a petition filed by former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, seeking its direction to investigating agencies – CBI and ED – to place the records of preliminary inquiry for court’s examination for his alleged involvement in corruption and money laundering case.

A two-Judge bench of the Apex Court, headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and also comprising Justice MM Sundresh, refused to entertain the petition filed by Deshmukh.

“We are so sorry. We are not inclined to entertain your petition. Please approach the concerned Court raising your (petitioner) grievances,” the bench of the Apex Court, led by Justice Kaul, said in his order.

The former Home Minister had moved the Supreme Court, seeking a direction to the two probe agencies – the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) – to adduce the records of preliminary inquiry against him by these two probe agencies for constitution of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe his alleged corruption and money laundering charges.

Both CBI and ED are investigating Deshmukh’s alleged involvement in corruption and money laundering charge.

Noted senior lawyer Kapil Sibal, appearing for Deshmukh, told the Supreme Court and pleaded for a direction to the respondents – CBI and ED – to produce documents like preliminary enquiry report in the case.

To this, the Supreme Court asked Sibal, “Why are you here?”

Sibal then replied, “the Bombay High Court was also going by it. The Supreme Court is also hearing it assuming cognizable offence has happened. Only your lordships can take care of us. All the family members, servants and all are being called everyday.”

The Supreme Court, however, refused to entertain Deshmukh’s petition and said, “We are not inclined,” and asked him to approach and argue before the competent court and the petitioner has the liberty to do so.


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