Deshmukh offered his resignation letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray today.
In his resignation letter, Deshmukh has stated that he doesn’t find it morally correct to continue as the Home Minister after the Bombay High Court’s order.
“I don't want to continue as Home Minister as an investigation is on," read the resignation letter of Deshmukh, who belongs to Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).
On Monday, the Bombay high court directed the CBI to conduct a preliminary inquiry within 15 days into allegations of corruption and misconduct levelled by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh against Deshmukh.
Last month, Singh set off a major row when he alleged that Deshmukh had asked suspended Assistant Police Inspector Sachin Vaze, who has been arrested in the SUV case and is in NIA custody, to collect Rs 100 crore from Mumbai's restaurants, bars and hookah bars.