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ED issues fresh summons to Anil Deshmukh in money laundering case, asks to appear on August 18

This is the fifth summons issued to the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader, a day after the Supreme Court refused to grant him any interim relief.
 

ED issues fresh summons to Anil Deshmukh in money laundering case, asks to appear on August 18-dnm
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Mumbai, First Published Aug 17, 2021, 4:33 PM IST
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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued fresh summons to former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh in connection with a money laundering case and asked him to appear before it on August 18.

This is the fifth summons issued to the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader, a day after the Supreme Court refused to grant him any interim relief.

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra government on Tuesday informed the Bombay High Court that it would cooperate with the CBI, probing the charges against former state Home Minister but the documents sought by the central agency are "not relevant" to the case.

The ED’s case against Deshmukh and others was made after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) first carried out a preliminary enquiry followed by a regular case being filed on the orders of the Bombay High Court. The court had asked the CBI to look into the allegations of bribery made against Deshmukh by former Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh.

In a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Parambir Singh had alleged corruption charges against Anil Deshmukh. He had also filed a petition before the Bombay High Court as well, saying Deshmukh had asked former assistant inspector Sachin Vaze to extort around Rs 100 crore a month and a majority of it had to come by targeting bars and restaurants. However, Deshmukh has denied all the allegations.

Through the investigation, the CBI and the ED have conducted searches at Deshmukh's residences in Mumbai and Nagpur and also those of his personal secretary and personal assistant.

ED so far had issued four summons to Anil Deshmukh and his son to appear before the agency, but the NCP leader failed to appear on any, citing that he would appear in front of ED officials only when his petition is heard by the Supreme Court.

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