Notably, the CBI had registered an FIR last month after conducting a preliminary investigation, in which the central agency concluded that Deshmukh “had abused his office and engaged in corrupt activities.”

The FIR was filed pursuant to orders by a bench led by Chief Justice Dipankar Datta last month, as it heard a slew of petitions calling for a full investigation by an independent agency into the allegations made against Deshmukh by Parambir Singh, then top Mumbai policeman. .

In his eight-page letter, Singh claimed that Deshmukh ordered suspended cop Sachin Waze to extort at least Rs 100 crore per month from various bars and restaurants in town. He also alleged that the then Home Secretary was involved in other illegal activities and even demanded money from the police for favorable assignments.