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ED raids former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh’s premises in Nagpur, Mumbai

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.

According to officials, the raids are being conducted under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

The ED team arrived at Deshmukh’s Nagpur residence along with a huge posse of police and central police forces.

Taking a dig at Deshmukh, BJP leader Kirit Somaiya said that the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader will be in jail in a few days.

“ED raided Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s Vasooli Minister Anil Deshmukh residence. I am sure in few days he will be in Jail. Another VASOOLI Minister Anil Parab will follow Anil Deshmukh,” Somaiya tweeted.

He further alleged that Deshmukh has parked scam money in his family companies, adding that “Chhagan Bhujbal (NCP leader) was in jail for three years for a similar kind of scam”.

This may be recalled that the senior NCP leader resigned from the post of Maharashtra Home Minister after former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh wrote a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray levelling allegations of corruption against Deshmukh.

On May 11, the ED filed a criminal case under the anti-money laundering law against 71-year-old Deshmukh and others after studying a recent Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) FIR.

The CBI had on April 24 booked Deshmukh over the allegations of misuse of office and corruption. The agency said that its preliminary enquiry found that Sachin Waze, who was reinstated into the Mumbai Police after being out of service for over 15 years, “was entrusted with most of the sensational and important cases of the city police” and Deshmukh knew about it.

On April 6, the CBI had filed a preliminary enquiry after the Bombay High Court asked the agency to investigate the allegations of bribery and misuse of office against Deshmukh by Param Bir Singh.

Soon after the ruling, Deshmukh quit his post. Senior NCP leader Dilip Walse-Patil was appointed in his place.

 

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