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CrimeDeshmukh aides arrested by Enforcement Directorate

Deshmukh aides arrested by Enforcement Directorate

The ED arrested the PS of Anil Deshmukh, Sanjeev Palande, and his PA Kundan Shinde after about nine hours of questioning under the PMLA

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has arrested two aides of former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh in connection with a money laundering case against him related to the charge of bribery of Rs 100 crore, officials said on 26 June.

They said Deshmukh’s personal secretary Sanjeev Palande and personal assistant Kundan Shinde have been arrested, after about nine hours of questioning, under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

They alleged that the two men were not cooperating during the questioning that was being held at the central probe agency’s office in Ballard Estate in Mumbai.

The two were brought to the office after the agency raided their premises in Mumbai and that of Deshmukh (71) in the city apart from another one in Nagpur.

The suspects will be produced before a special PMLA court in Mumbai on 26 June where the will seek their custody for custodial interrogation, they said.

The ED’s case against Deshmukh and others is a follow-up of the CBI’s preliminary inquiry followed by a regular case filed on the orders of the Bombay High Court.

The court had asked the agency to look into the allegations of bribery made against Deshmukh by former commissioner Param Bir Singh.

Deshmukh, who had resigned from his post in April following the allegations, has denied any wrongdoing.

Singh was shunted out from the post after the role of assistant police inspector Sachin Waze, who has since been dismissed from service, surfaced during investigation into an explosive-laden SUV that was found parked near industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s house in Mumbai.

In his letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray after he was removed from the police commissioner’s post, Singh had alleged that Deshmukh had asked Waze to extort over Rs 100 crore a month from bars and restaurants in Mumbai.

Deshmukh, a leader of the NCP, was the home minister of the state in the Maha Vikas Aghadi government headed by Thackeray.

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

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