Dilip Walse Patil to replace resigned Maharashtra Home Minister
Siliguri, India: Following the prompt resignation of Anil Deshmukh, Maharashtra's home minister from the National Congress Party, after the Bombay High Court ordered a corruption probe, Dilip Walse Patil will be taking over as the new Home Minister of Maharashtra.
State Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray informed Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Monday about the new development.
Deshmukh's Nationalist Congress Party spokesperson earlier Monday confirmed to ANI that the minister has applied for resignation to the state CM Uddav Thackeray.
Who is Dilip Patil?
Dilip Patil, who belongs to Deshmukh's Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), is currently Maharashtra's Minister for Labour and Excise.
Patil, son of a former Congress MLA Dattatray Walse Patil, began his political career as NCP chief Sharad Pawar's assistant.
In 1990, Patil won the Ambegaon Assembly constituency on a Congress ticket has held the seat since.
Patil was also the Maharashtra Assembly speaker between 2009 and 2014. In 1999 when Pawar was expelled from Congress, he went on to form the NCP where Patil joined him.
Over the years, Patil lead the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Higher and Technical Education Ministry, Energy Ministry, and Medical Education Ministry.
What happened to Anil Deshmukh?
The Bombay High Court on Monday ordered the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to conduct a prelim probe over the corruption allegations filed by former Mumbai Police chief Param Bir Singh among other petitions against Anil Deshmukh -- now-former Maharashtra Home Minister.
Police Chief Param Bir Singh had sought an "immediate and fair investigation" on the various "corrupt malpractices" of Maharashtra's Home Minister, We The World earlier reported.
Speaking to reporters, NCP's spokesperson Nawab Malik said: "After the High Court order, Home Minister Anil Deshmukh met Pawar Ji and party leaders and said that he does not want to remain in the post."
"In his resignation letter to the Maharashtra CM, Deshmukh says he does not find it morally correct to continue as the Home Minister after Bombay High Court's order," Malik added.
Deshmukh has been accused of running an extortion racket where he ordered police officers, including suspending assistant assistant police inspector Sachin Waze, to collect Rs. 100 crore each month from over a thousand bars and restaurants in Mumbai.