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Maharashtra: Anil Deshmukh writes to ED again, claims probe against him not transparent

The ED has issued summons to Deshmukh for the third time, asking him to appear before the agency in person on Monday.

Maharashtra Anil Deshmukh writes to ED again, claims probe against him not transparent-dnm
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Mumbai, First Published Jul 5, 2021, 12:31 PM IST
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Former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh has once again sent a letter to Enforcement Directorate (ED) claiming that the ongoing investigation against him is not transparent. The agency has sent summons to the politician in connection with an alleged money laundering case linked to a purported bribery racket operated through dismissed Mumbai Police officer Sachin Vaze.

“It is my basic constitutional and fundamental right as a citizen to be subjected to fair, impartial, unprejudicial, unbiased objective and transparent investigations by following the procedure established by law. In the present circumstances, there is a justifiable bonafide apprehension as well as reasons to believe that the law of the land is being circumvented and the investigations being carried out are not fair,” said Deshmukh in the letter.

"A series of events has given rise to apprehensions in my mind that neither procedure of law is being followed nor any objective investigations are being carried out. Therefore, I'm approaching Hon’ble Court to ensure that probe is within ambit of the procedure established by law," Deshmukh said in the letter.

The ED has issued summons to Deshmukh for the third time, asking him to appear before the agency in person on Monday.

Deshmukh in his letter has asked the ED to defer the summons for a few days and await the outcome of the case filed by him in the court. “I am expecting the listing and hearing of the petition in the next few days,” he said.

He had moved the Supreme Court on Sunday seeking protection from any coercive action in the case.

The ED has also summoned Deshmukh's son Hrishikesh on July 6 in the same case.

On June 25, the ED had raided Deshmukh's residences in Nagpur and Mumbai. Raids were conducted at five other places.

The case against the former Maharashtra home minister was registered on May 11 following an explosive letter from ex-Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh, who claimed that Deshmukh had asked Vaze to collect ₹100 crore every month from hotels and pubs in Mumbai.

Deshmukh called the allegations false, but resigned from the post of home minister after a court ordered registration of cases against him.

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