Monday, Sep 26, 2022

Money Laundering: Anil Deshmukh's Aides Sent To Judicial Custody

The case is related to Rs 100 crore bribery charges against Deshmukh.

Former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh File Photo

A special PMLA court in Mumbai on Tuesday sent two aides of former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh to judicial custody tilll July 20 in connection with the money laundering case against the NCP leader.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had arrested Deshmukh's personal secretary Sanjeev Palande and personal assistant Kundan Shinde on June 26 in connection with the charges Rs 100 crore bribery charges against Deshmukh.

The duo was produced before special judge SM Bhosle at the end of their ED remand on Tuesday. They have been booked under provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

The court remanded them in judicial custody, as sought by the probe agency.

Earlier, the ED had told court that the two accused played a "very crucial" role in the offence.

Earlier, former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh in a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had alleged that Deshmukh, when he was the home minister, had directed dismissed policeman Sachin Waze to extort over Rs 100 crore per month from bars and restaurants in Mumbai.

The ED's case against Deshmukh and others was made out after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) carried out a preliminary enquiry into the allegations made by Singh on the orders of the Bombay High Court.

The CBI had booked Deshmukh and others under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections related to criminal conspiracy and the Prevention of Corruption Act for "attempt to obtain undue advantage for the improper and dishonest performance of public duty".

Deshmukh, who resigned as the state home minister in April this year following the allegations, has denied any wrongdoing.

(PTI inputs)