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Money laundering case: Anil Deshmukh skips ED summon, seeks fresh date for appearance

Former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh did not appear before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for questioning in the extortion case, his lawyer, Jaywant Patil, said.
 

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Mumbai, First Published Jun 26, 2021, 6:18 PM IST
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Mumbai: Former Maharashtra minister and Nationalist Congress Party leader Anil Deshmukh on Saturday skipped the Enforcement Directorate’s summons to him in connection with a money laundering case. He sought more time to appear before the agency.

Former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh did not appear before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for questioning in the extortion case, his lawyer, Jaywant Patil, said.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday summoned former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh to its office in Mumbai for questioning in connection with an alleged money laundering case.

“We have not been given any kind of documents for a referral. We have demanded the documents so that the answers to the queries could be prepared. We have not asked for a specific date of appearance. It’s up to the ED officials to review the application and take a call on the same,” he said.

The probe agency issued the summons to Deshmukh hours after arresting his private secretary Sanjeev Palande and personal assistant Kundan Shinde. They were booked under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

The Enforcement Directorate will produce Palande and Shinde before a special court on Saturday. On Friday, the Enforcement Directorate conducted raids on Deshmukh’s Nagpur home as well as the properties of Shinde and Palande.

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

Deshmukh, who had resigned from his post in April following the allegations, has denied any wrongdoing. Senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officer Singh was shunted out from his post after investigators revealed the role of assistant police inspector Sachin Waze in the stationing of an explosive-laden SUV near industrialist Mukesh Ambani's Mumbai residence that triggered a terror scare.

Waze has since been dismissed from service. In his letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray after he was removed from the police commissioner's post, Singh had alleged that Deshmukh had asked Waze to extort over Rs 100 crore a month from bars and restaurants in Mumbai.

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