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Antilia Case: Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh resigns

Mumbai: Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh resigned on April 5 on ‘moral grounds, sources said. Deshmukh has tendered his resignation to chief minister Uddhav Thackeray.

Sources said Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Dilip Walse Patil is expected to replace Deshmukh as the new home minister of Maharashtra. Six-time Member of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Patil, is  currently serving as minister of excise and labour department in the Uddhav Thakeray cabinet.

Deshmukh stepped down reportedly after meeting with NCP chief Sharad Pawar hours after  a Bombay High Court order directed CBI to start probe within 15 days into the allegations made by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh against Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh.

News agency ANI also confirmed the development, attributing to NCP sources.

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