Anil Deshmukh in trouble: ED confiscated assets worth 4.2 crores of former home minister in money laundering case, Deshmukh has not appeared before ED despite summons thrice

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Dismissed police officer Sachin Vajhe, arrested in the Antilia case against Deshmukh, has also made serious allegations of extortion.

The troubles of former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, who is facing charges of extortion and money laundering of 100 crores, are not ending. Enforcement Directorate today attached assets worth Rs 4.2 crore of Deshmukh and his family. This includes a flat in Nagpur and a land in Panvel. Deshmukh’s PA Sanjeev Palande and PS Kundan Shinde were arrested in the same case, both of whom are currently in the custody of the central agency.

Deshmukh is yet to appear before the ED despite being called thrice. Every time he has sought exemption from muscle, citing the risk of corona infection and his increasing age. His lawyer Inderpal Singh had reached the ED office at Ballyard Estate in his place all three times.

Deshmukh has also moved the Supreme Court to avoid ED’s action. The ED is probing the money laundering case against the former home minister in connection with the recovery of Rs 100 crore imposed by former Mumbai commissioner Parambir Singh. After Deshmukh’s constant avoidance of appearance, now the discussion has started as to whether Anil Deshmukh is taking this step to avoid arrest.

The Enforcement Directorate has so far raided several locations of Deshmukh twice. The ED had arrested Deshmukh’s PA Sanjeev Palande and PS Kundan Shinde a few days ago, both of whom are currently in the custody of the central agency. They are accused of helping Deshmukh in money laundering. Deshmukh had written a letter to avoid ED’s questioning.

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Anil Deshmukh said in his letter

  • I have fully complied with the summons sent by you on 25th June and sent an authorized person (lawyer) before you with all the required documents. Despite this, misconceptions are being created in the media about muscle.
  • I have been a mass popular leader and have spent my whole life in public service.
  • I have stated earlier also that all the allegations against me have been leveled by a person who is already implicated in serious charges and who has been accused of acting at the behest of the Centre.
  • I myself want to expose the lie behind the allegation. Without proper documents I am not able to answer your questions, so a copy of ECIR may be provided to me.
  • Despite being 72 years old and suffering from age related ailments, you called me on 25th June and many ED officials have interrogated me for several hours without social distancing. Due to age and health, I am at higher risk of getting infected with COVID-19.

Investigation started after Parambir Singh’s allegation

This case is related to the allegations of recovery against Deshmukh. Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Parambir Singh, in a letter to the state Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray about two and a half months ago, alleged that Anil Deshmukh had given a target of recovery of Rs 100 crore every month to suspended Mumbai Police officer Sachin Vajhe.

In this case, the ED team has also recorded the statements of the owners about 10 to 12 times. After this, the statement of sacked police officer Sachin Wajhe has also been recorded by going to Taloja Jail.

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