Former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh skipped the fifth summons sent by Enforcement Directorate (ED) to appear in a money laundering case. Recently, Supreme Court refused to grant interim relief to Anil Deshmukh and asked to approach the appropriate court.
On Wednesday, Deshmukh’s lawyer Inderpal Singh again submitted an application for exemption to ED. While speaking with the media at Enforcement Directorate Office in Bellerad Estate, Inderpal Singh said “Anil Deshmukh won’t be joining ED investigation. We are submitting an exemption application to ED today. SC has given us the liberty to exercise other remedies under CRPC as per the order so we will soon approach the appropriate court.” Further, he added, ”When our petition is still pending in Supreme Court why ED is serving summons to us. We have made our stand clear that we will co-operate with the agency.”
ED is investigating the money laundering charges against Deshmukh. Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Parambir Singh had written to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray about how Anil Deshmukh (who was then Home Minister of state) had asked the API Sachin Vaze to collect Rs 100 crore/ month from bar and restaurant owners of Mumbai. After this, CBI filed a case against Deshmukh under the Prevention of Corruption Act and subsequently booked him for money laundering.
As per ED, this protection money was later laundered by Deshmukh. And ED filed a case against him. ED also started looking into other illegal financial transactions of Deshmukh and his family members. ED also investigated bad loans and suspicious land deals by Deshmukh and his family members. So far, ED had attached properties of Anil Deshmukh in Mumbai and Pune.
ED had also summoned Mandakini Khadse wife of another NCP leader Eknath Khadse in connection with MIDC Bhosair (Pune) land deal. There are allegations against Khadse that when he was revenue minister in Fadnavis government, he had misused his office and helped his wife and son in law to purchase the piece of land in Bhosari near Pune at less than the market rate. On Wednesday, Mandakini was asked to appear before ED in Mumbai but she also skipped the summons.