Following the death of Vilasrao Deshmukh, a magistrate’s court has now dismissed the complaint filed by social activist Abdul Malik Chaudhary against the former chief minister for allegedly interfering and shielding a Congress MLA in cases filed by some farmers of Buldhana.
The additional metropolitan magistrate at Esplanade court, PG Patil, had earlier this month dismissed the complaint filed by Chaudhary in 2011.
In his complaint, Chaudhary had sought an investigation by the police against the then chief minister alleging that in 2006 Deshmukh had protected Dilip Kumar Sananda, a leading moneylender family in Buldhana, from police action. It was alleged that on Deshmukh’s instructions, his personal secretary gave directions to the Khamgaon city police, Buldhana, not to initiate action against Sananda.
The magistrate’s court had in March last year, after hearing the complaint, directed the Marine Drive police to investigate the allegations made in the complaint and submit the report before the court.
The police had, in its report, stated that “the alleged offence has taken place in Buldhana. Therefore, the facts of the case clearly reveal that the cause of action has arisen at Buldhana district and not in Mumbai. Hence, for want of jurisdiction, the complaint is not maintainable”.
The court had, considering the report of the police, observed that “the complainant had made allegations but no material in respect of the allegations had been given in the complaint.”