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Maharashtra: Former Home Minister Anil Deshmukh remanded to ED custody till Nov 6

A court in Mumbai today remanded former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh to Enforcement Directorate custody till 6th of November. Deshmukh was arrested by ED late last night on charges of money laundering and corruption.

The investigation by ED revealed that there are 13 companies which are directly controlled by family members of Deshmukh. Further, another set of 14 companies have also come to light which are in the names of close associates of Deshmukh family and controlled by his family members of Deshmukh and their associates. These entities have been utilized for the purpose of infusion of ill-gotten money of Deshmukh.

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Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh appearing for ED sought Deshmukh’s custody for 14 days and said they need to investigate the allegation of collection of around 100 crore rupees. However Deshmukh’s advocate opposed the same and cited Deshmukh’s health ailments. He said Deshmukh’s shoulder is dislocated and needs constant support. He suffered from COVID 19 in February and heart ailments and suffers from hypertension.

The agency has relied upon statements by dismissed police officer Sachin Vaze currently lodged at Taloja Central Jail who said he was called to Deshmukh’s official residence and asked to collect Rs 3 lakh per month from each bar and restaurant and handed over the list of bar owners.

The Central Agency mentions statements of Deshmukh’s personal secretary Sanjeev Palande and private assistant Kundan Shinde who are also at Taloja Central Jail. ASG argued that Deshmukh has played a very crucial role in the offence of money laundering and has not co-operated in the investigation. He has not provided the information regarding the laundering of proceeds of crime.

 

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