Court orders police to probe complaint against Vilasrao

Mumbai: A local magistrate`s court today directed the Marine Drive police station in south Mumbai to conduct inquiry into a private complaint against Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, for his alleged interference in criminal cases against Congress MLA from Vidarbha, Dilip Sananda. Abdul Malik Chaudhary, a Mumbai resident, filed the complaint in magistrate`s court last year, seeking criminal case against Deshmukh, a former Maharashtra Chief Minister.

Chaudhary`s lawyer, Ashish Giri, said the court today directed the Marine Drive police to file a report after an inquiry, by June 11. "We filed the case in the court in Mumbai because the cause of action had arisen from the state secretariat in Mumbai, advocate Giri said. The complaint relates to Deshmukh`s actions as Chief Minister in May 2006, when he allegedly asked authorities in Buldana district not to act against the Congress MLA and his family members, who were involved in money-lending.

The family was accused of harassment of farmers for loan-recovery. Vidarbha region is infamous for indebted farmers` suicides. The Supreme Court, in 2010, too had lashed out at Deshmukh`s role in this case, when Maharashtra government filed appeal against Bombay High Court`s directive, imposing fine on the state for non-action.