Crime Branch of Mumbai Police will probe into the "leak" of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report into the media even before it was officially tabled in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly on Tuesday.
"Mumbai Crime Branch will inquire into how important official documents find their way into the media in the form of a CD even before they are officially tabled in the legislature," home minister R R Patil told the lower house amid din by the Opposition members.
The report, allegedly indicting senior politicians from the state, was today tabled in the lower house by deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar.
Patil further said that the probe report will be tabled in the next legislature session, while appealing to BJP MLA Devendra Phadanvis to cooperate with the investigations.
Phandavis had handed over the CD of the leaked report to Speaker Dilip Walse Patil a few days ago.
"Like CAG, the legislative assembly too is a constitutional body. Constitutional bodies do not interfere into each others' rights and powers. But, it is noticed that the privileges of the legislative assembly are often violated," Patil said.
The home minister also urged the Speaker to treat the leak suo motu as "breach of privilege of the assembly".
Welcoming the probe ordered by the state government into leak, opposition leader Eknath Khadse said the government was yet to trace the file pertaining to the Adarsh Housing scam which went missing from the urban development Department last year.
Meanwhile, Industries Minister and senior Congress leader Narayan Rane said that he would move a privilege motion against dailies Loksatta and Samna, and news channels Star Maza and IBN-Lokmat regarding the leak of the report.