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Money laundering case: ED arrests two aides of former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has arrested two aides of former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh in a money laundering case against him related to charges of bribery of Rs 100 crore, officials said on Saturday.

The two aides – Deshmukh’s personal secretary Sanjeev Palande and personal assistant Kundan Shinde were arrested after about nine hours of grilling, under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), PTI quoted officials as saying.

The ED said the two men were arrested as they were not cooperating during the questioning that was being held at the central probe agency’s office in Ballard Estate in Mumbai.  Both will be produced in the PMLA court today at 11 am.

They were arrested after the Central probe agency conducted searches at Deshmukh’s residence in Nagpur and Mumbai. The raids are been conducted at five places, according to the ED.

This comes a day after the ED, probing an alleged corruption case against former Maharashtra home minister, recorded the statement of Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Raju Bhujbal on Thursday, said an official.

The ED had on May 11 registered a case of money laundering against Deshmukh.

Deshmukh resigned from the state cabinet in April after the Bombay High Court ordered a CBI probe into Rs 100 crore bribery allegations levelled by former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh against the 71-year-old politician.

False allegations: Deshmukh

Reacting to the development, Deshmukh said that Param Bir Singh made false allegations against him after he was removed from the post of Mumbai Police Commissioner over his suspicious role.

“Why did not he level allegations when he was still holding the post? You know Param Bir Singh made false allegations against me after he was removed from the post of Mumbai Police Commissioner because his role was very suspicious,” he said.

“Those involved in the Antilia case and Mansukh Hiren case, all the five tainted officers including Sachin Vaze, Riyaz Kazi and others were directly reporting to Param Bir Singh. Even the Innova belonging to the CP office is in NIA custody,” he added.

 

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