NEW DELHI: The CBI on Tuesday registered a preliminary inquiry in connection with the Bombay high court order to investigate allegations levelled by former Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh against former state home minister Anil Deshmukh.
A special team from the anti-corruption unit of the agency flew from Delhi to Mumbai on Tuesday to start the investigation. The team is likely to record Singh’s statement on Wednesday and take any evidence furnished by him on record.
Sources said the CBI will also question a junior Mumbai police personnel mentioned in the former top cop’s complaint as a potential witness.
Singh has enclosed his purported chats with the policeman in his complaint. The CBI needs to submit its report to the HC within 15 days before deciding its next course of action. Next week, the agency may record Deshmukh’s statement.
The CBI may also question suspended Mumbai Police officer Sachin Waze, who is in the custody of the National Investigation Agency, next week, a source said.
The CBI registers a preliminary enquiry as a first step while initiating a probe. If the investigation finds that a cognisable offence has indeed been committed, the preliminary probe is turned into a regular case