Money laundering case: 2 aides of ex-Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh arrested by ED
The aides, Deshmukh's Private Secretary Sajany Palande and Personal Assistant Kundan Shinde, were arrested after they were grilled by the ED officials till late in the night. They will be produced in court later today.
The Enforcement Directorate arrested two aides of former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh post-midnight in connection with an alleged money laundering case.
Deshmukh's Private Secretary Sajany Palande and Personal Assistant Kundan Shinde were arrested after the ED officials grilled them till late in the night. They will be produced in court later today.
On Friday, the ED had conducted searches at the former Maharashtra home minister's official bungalow at Malabar Hill, his residences at Worli in Mumbai and Nagpur, and the houses of his aides.
Deshmukh told media persons that the allegations of corruption levelled against him by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh were baseless and that he would cooperate with the investigation.
Param Bir had alleged that Deshmukh used former assistant inspector Sachin Vaze and ACP Sanjay Patil to extort Rs 100 crore a month from owners of restaurants and bar in Mumbai.
Meanwhile, according to media reports, the ED has recorded the statements of at least 10 bar owners that has reportedly established a money trail of Rs 4 crore paid over three months.
The central agency had filed a case against the former Maharashtra home minister for allegedly obtaining illegal gratification. The case was filed on the basis of a CBI FIR, which accused him of using his official position to get a particular undue advantage and influence transfers and postings in the Mumbai Police.