Maharashtra: ED raids former Minister Anil Deshmukh's residences in Nagpur, Mumbai in money laundering case
This comes a day after the ED recorded the statement of Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Raju Bhujbal in the case.
Nagpur: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday carried out searches at the premises of former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh in Nagpur and Mumbai's Worli in connection with an alleged money laundering case.
It is uncertain whether Deshmukh was present at any of his residences when the search was conducted.
This comes a day after the ED recorded the statement of Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Raju Bhujbal in the case. Bhujbal is presently the in-charge of the enforcement wing of Mumbai Police and has the social service branch under his jurisdiction. The social service branch conducts checks and raids on pubs, hookah parlours, dance bars, bars, and restaurants.
According to officials, the raids are being conducted under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
The ED team reached Deshmukh’s residence with a huge posse of police and central police forces, sparking speculation of further stringent action in the matter.
The senior NCP leader quit his post after former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh wrote a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray levelling allegations of corruption against him (Deshmukh).
The case pertains to the allegations of corruption levelled by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Parambir Singh against Anil Deshmukh in March this year.
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.
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