The Enforcement Directorate has attached assets worth about Rs 4 crore in connection with its money laundering case against former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh and others, officials said on 16 July. They said a provisional attachment order has been issued under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Deshmukh, 72, has skipped at least three Enforcement Directorate summonses for questioning.
His son Hrishikesh and wife were summoned by the federal probe agency but they too refused to depose. The summonses were issued in connection with the criminal case registered under the PMLA related to an alleged Rs 100 crore bribery-cum-extortion racket in the Maharashtra police establishment that led to Deshmukh’s resignation in April this year.
Deshmukh, an NCP leader, has denied any wrongdoing, his lawyers have called the Enforcement Directorate action against him unjustified, and the ex-minister recently approached the Supreme Court with a petition seeking protection from any coercive action by the Enforcement Directorate.
A case has been registered against former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh for his alleged involvement in corruption and extortion case.
Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh had alleged that Anil Deshmukh had asked suspended police officer Sachin Vaze and few others to extort Rs 100 crore for him every month by targeting bars and restaurants.
Following Parambir Singh’s allegations, petitions were filed in the Bombay High Court seeking case be registered against Anil Deshmukh. The Bombay court then ordered a preliminary enquiry by the CBI. Later, an FIR was registered against Deshmukh.
After the CBI, the Enforcement Directorate registered a case and conducted searches at various premises belonging to Anil Deshmukh and people close to him.
Last month, the Enforcement Directorate arrested Anil Deshmukh PA Kundan Shinde and PS Sanjeev Palande, and also summoned Deshmukh and his family members. Deshmukh has skipped at least three Enforcement Directorate (ED) summons for questioning.
Meanwhile, Anil Deshmukh approached the Supreme Court seeking protection against anti-coercive actions against him and his family members.