Sharad Pawar Seeks Inquiry as Alliance Faces Test: What Happened Since Mumbai Top Cop's Letter Bomb

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Following a row over former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh’s allegations against Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Sunday called for an enquiry into the matter and said that the decision about the resignation of home minister rests with the Chief Minister.

“The Maharashtra CM has the full authority to take a decision regarding an inquiry on these allegations against the Home Minister. I will suggest that this is very sensitive, (there are) series of lapses which affect the reputation of the govt. There should be an enquiry,” Pawar said.

Pawar’s comment comes after the leaders of the ruling parties in Maharashtra were called for a meeting in New Delhi.

Here are the latest developments in the matter:

• Sharad Pawar said that in his (Param Bir Singh’s) letter, there is no information about actual money collection. “The letter does not say anything about where the money was collected and whether it was ever transferred,” he said.

• Calling for an enquiry, Pawar said that the issue will not affect the government and the government is taking the matter very seriously.

• Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and NCP state chief and minister Jayant Patil met Pawar in Delhi on Sunday afternoon.

• Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut had earlier said that he will meet Pawar in Delhi and the NCP patriarch will “take the right decision”. Calling the allegations ‘very serious’, he said, “Such allegations should not be against any minister. It is time for introspection.”

• Maharashtra Minister and NCP Leader Jayant Patil said the letter of Param Bir Singh is a reaction after Maharashtra CM and Home Minister decided to take a tough stand. “There is no question of replacing Maharashtra Home Minister.”

• The Bharatiya Janata Party held protests against Deshmukh and demanded his resignation. Police deployment outside the residence of Deshmukh was subsequently strengthened.

• While the Chief Minister’s Office said that the letter from Param Bir Singh was received via different email address, not his official one and was without his signature; the former Police Commissioner responded that the letter was sent through his email ID.

• Union Minister Anurag Thakur said that there should be a probe in the incident and questioned that if this was the state of Mumbai Police then one can imagine the state of Maharashtra.

• Deshmukh said that Param Bir Singh has made false allegations in order to save himself from legal action for his ‘serious lapses’.