New Delhi: The ED (Enforcement Directorate) has arrested former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh after questioning him for over 12 hours at its office. The arrest has been made in connection with the money laundering and corruption charges against him.
The director ED flew from Delhi yesterday, Deshmukh reached the ED office at around noon and was kept at the ED office till over midnight. After 12 hours of non-stop investigation, Deshmukh was arrested under the PMLA (Prevention of Money Laundering Act provisions).
Anil Deshmukh was avoiding investigation as he missed 5 ED notices before appearing. He also moved to the Bombay High Court seeking relief from constant notices. Deshmukh in a video message said that he is co-operating the investigation. He said, “I have received ED summons and the media has wrongly reported that I am not cooperating with the investigation. After every summon, I have informed the ED that my petition is pending in courts and I will produce myself before the ED after their outcomes.”
The ED has charged Anil Deshmukh, that while acting as the home minister. He received illegal money of approximately Rs 4.7 crore in cash from various orchestra bar owners in collaboration with Sachin Waze, who is probed by NIA due to the Antilia Bomb Scare Case.
The ED may look into Deshmukh’s financial transactions following the CBI probe of former Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh’s allegations. Parambir wrote a letter charging Waze and Deshmukh for corruption and money laundering.
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