New Delhi/Mumbai: March 22, 2021 Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh was ailing and in hospital at the time he had allegedly met police officer Sachin Vaze and discussed an extortion racket, Nationalist Congress Party chief Sahrad Pawar said today, ruling out the possibility off his resignation. Addressing the media amid a political storm over former Mumbai police chief Param Bir Singh’s corruption allegations against the home minister, Mr Pawar said, “Anil Deshmukh was in hospital during that period. So it such situation question does not arise about the resignation”. The Shiv Sena this morning questioned the need for Mr Deshmukh’s resignation if the key parties are open to the idea of probing the issue, moving from its initial conclusion that the minister should go. Mr Pawar said there was no pressure from the Sena regarding the resignation of Mr Deshmukh, who is from the NCP.