Mumbai, April 05:

Anil Deshmukh on Monday resigned as Maharashtra Home Minister after Bombay High Court ordered a CBI probe into the corruption allegations levelled against him by former Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh.

NCP leader Nawab Malik said, “After the Bombay High Court ordered CBI probe on the letter of former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh, Deshmukh expressed desire to step down.” He submitted the resignation letter to NCP supremo Sharad Pawar who gave consent. Deshmukh then went to meet state Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and handed over the letter.

The BJP had been demanding his removal from the Maha Vikas Aghadi government after former Mumbai police chief Param Bir Singh dropped a letter bomb alleging that Anil Deshmukh wanted police officers to collect Rs 100 crore monthly from bars and hotels in Mumbai.