Maharashtra Money Laundering Case: Former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh skips ED summons

Mumbai : Former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh did not appear before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) today. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had summoned him for questioning in a money laundering case related to an alleged bribery and extortion racket worth crores of rupees. The ED had summoned Anil Deshmukh to be present at the Mumbai office of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) till 11 am on Saturday. According to the information, a team of Deshmukh’s lawyers has reached the ED office in response to this summon.

Anil Deshmukh’s lawyer Jayawat Patil spoke to the media and told that he has sought time. He told that the ED has not given any date today on when Anil Deshmukh will be called. According to Anil Deshmukh’s lawyer, he has been exempted from appearing in the ED office. Details related to the case have been sought from the lawyer so that Anil Deshmukh can answer the questions of the ED.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday summoned former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh to question him in a money laundering case related to an alleged multi-crore bribery and extortion racket. The officers provided this information.

Deshmukh, a 71-year-old Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader, was asked to appear before the investigating officer of the case at the ED office in Ballard Estate area at 11 am, officials said.

The central agency had arrested Deshmukh’s personal secretary Sanjeev Palande and personal assistant Kundan Shinde on Friday night. Earlier, the ED had raided the premises of Deshmukh, Palande and Shinde in Mumbai and Nagpur. After the raid, Palande and Shinde were brought to the ED office and later arrested.

The two will be produced before the special PMLA court in Mumbai on Saturday, where the ED will request their custody for questioning, officials said. The CBI had initiated a preliminary inquiry after registering a regular case on the orders of the Bombay High Court, following which Deshmukh and others were booked by the ED.

Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Parambir Singh wrote a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, accusing Anil Deshmukh of giving a target of collecting 100 crores every month to suspended officer Sachin Waze.

Anil Deshmukh had to resign from the post of Home Minister after Parambir Singh’s allegations. Anil Deshmukh resigned as the Home Minister of Maharashtra on 5 April 2021. The resignation came after the Bombay High Court directed the CBI to conduct a preliminary inquiry into the corruption allegations against Deshmukh. A CBI investigation is going on against him in this case.

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