MUMBAI: CBI director Subodh Jaiswal could himself be considered a “potential subject’’ for investigation in its probe into police transfers and postings during former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh’s tenure, the Maharashtra government said before the Bombay HC on Thursday. Jaiswal was director general of police from 2019 to December 2020, and also vice-chairperson and chairperson of two police establishment boards in the state that recommends and decides categories of police postings, said state’s special senior counsel Darius Khambata. He said if CBI was probing police postings and transfers during Deshmukh’s tenure, it could have to ask why Jaiswal recommended a posting and “it would be absurd for CBI to summon its director’’ and “would boggle the mind…It would be the very antithesis of a fair investigation’’. The state had approached the HC for orders to set up a special investigation team (SIT) to replace a CBI probe into its FIR against Deshmukh and allegations of corruption in police transfers and postings in his term, and to have the probe monitored by court or a retired judge. Arguing before a bench of Justices Nitin Jamdar and Sarang Kotwal, with attorney general Tushar Mehta and additional solicitor general Aman Lekhia, Khambata said “the functional bias” to the probe occurred from when Jaiswal was appointed to CBI as director in May 2021. As interim relief, the state wanted a stay on further investigations by CBI into the FIR against Deshmukh. CBI had issued summons, which expired on October 21, to chief secretary Sitaram Kunte, who was former additional chief secretary (home), and to state DGP Sanjay Pandey in its probe. The AG and ASG, including Anil Singh in Mumbai, sought time to file a reply to oppose the state petition as “factually and legally misconceived’’ and an “attempt to delay the probe, and help the accused’’. HC granted Centre time till October 28 to file its reply. Khambata said at the heart of the investigation was a surveillance report by ex-state intel chief Rashmi Shukla, who had handed her report to Jaiswal, then DGP. He added, “We have a stellar system of law” but if CBI continues the probe, then “why not have Deshmukh as head of CBI? It is as good as that.”

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