In a huge embarrassment for the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) alliance, the Enforcement Directorate has attached immovable assets worth Rs 4.20 crore belonging to former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh and his family under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in alleged money laundering case.
The central probe agency attached one flat and a huge piece of land near Navi Mumbai proposed Airport.
Notably, the book value of these assets is more than Rs 4 crore and the maker value could be more than Rs 100 crore.
The attached assets are in the name of his wife Aarti Deshmukh and company Premier Port Links Private Limited.
The attached assets are in the form of one residential flat valued at Rs 1.54 crore, located at Worli, Mumbai and 25 land parcels of book value Rs 2.67 crore, located at Dhutum Villages in Uran, Raigarh district of Maharashtra.
Deshmukh was forced to resign as Maharashtra home minister after a case was registered under the PMLA related to an alleged Rs 100 crore bribery-cum-extortion racket in Maharashtra Police. Notably, sacked police official Sachin Vaze had claimed to the Enforcement Directorate that he had collected Rs 4.70 crore from bars in Mumbai allegedly on Deshmukh’s orders.
ED initiated money laundering investigation on the basis of an FIR under Section 120-B of IPC, 1860 and Section 7 of PC Act 1988 registered by CBI Deshmukh and others for attempting to obtain undue advantage for improper and dishonest performance of their public duty for collection of funds to achieve the target of Rs 100 crore per month from various bars, restaurants and other establishments in Mumbai.
“Investigation under PMLA revealed that Anil Deshmukh while acting as Home Minister of State of Maharashtra, with dishonest intention has received illegal gratification of approximately Rs 4.70 Crore in cash from various orchestra bar owners, through Sachin Waze, then Assistant Police Inspector of Mumbai Police. Further, with the help of Delhi based dummy companies, Deshmukh family laundered the tainted money of Rs 4.18 Crore and projected it as untainted by showing the same as amount received in the Trust namely Shri Sai Shikshan Sanstha,” a release issued by the ED said.