CBI quizzes Deshmukh

MUMBAI, Apr 14:  Former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh was today questioned for eight hours by the CBI conducting the Preliminary Enquiry (PE) on orders of the Bombay High Court in connection with the allegations of corruption raised against him by former Mumbai police chief Param Bir Singh, an official said.
Deshmukh denied the allegations raised against him by Singh during questioning and told the officers that they were an attempt to malign the image of the State Government, sources said.
The senior NCP leader reached the DRDO guest house in suburban Santacruz, where a team of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is camping, around 10 am, the official said, adding the questioning ended for the day around 6 pm.
“The ex-Home Minister was questioned by SP-rank officers for eight hours,” he said.
Though his questioning ended at 6 pm, Deshmukh is still inside the DRDO guest house, they said.
It is not clear whether Deshmukh is called by the CBI for another round of questioning tomorrow.
The CBI on Monday had issued a notice calling Deshmukh to join the agency’s probe into the allegations levelled against him by Singh and suspended police officer Sachin Waze, who was arrested by the NIA. (PTI)