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Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deskhmukh tenders resignation on 'moral grounds'

Hours after a meeting with NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Deshmukh offered the resignation letter to him, who gave consent. Deshmukh then met state Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and handed over the letter.

Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deskhmukh tenders resignation on 'moral grounds'
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On Monday, April 5, Maharashtra home minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Anil Deshmukh has tendered his resignation letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

This development comes after the Bombay High Court (HC) ordered a CBI probe into the corruption allegations levelled against him by former Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh. The court observed that there won't be an independent investigation by the Maharashtra Police, which comes under Anil Deshmukh.

Hours after a meeting with NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Deshmukh offered the resignation letter to him, who gave consent. Deshmukh then met state Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and handed over the letter. 

However, Thackeray is yet to accept his resignation.

The minister also posted a copy of the resignation letter on Twitter. In the letter penned in Marathi, Deshmukh said he doesn't find it morally correct to continue as the home minister after the Bombay High Court's order.

According to sources, NCP leader Dilip Walse Patil is expected to replace Deshmukh as the new home minister of Maharashtra. Six-time Member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Patil is currently serving as minister of excise and labour department in the Uddhav Thakeray cabinet.

Meanwhile, the BJP had been demanding his removal from the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government after former Mumbai police chief Param Bir Singh dropped a letter bomb alleging that Deshmukh wanted police officers to collect INR 100 crores monthly from bars and hotels in Mumbai.

Deshmukh has denied all the allegations, but opposition parties have been attacking the ruling MVA government over the issue of his resignation.

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