The Enforcement Directorate on Friday conducted searches on premises linked to former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh in Nagpur in connection with a money laundering case
Nagpur: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday conducted searches at three locations in Nagpur in connection with its probe into a money laundering case against former Maharashtra minister Anil Deshmukh.
Earlier this week, the former Maharashtra home minister failed to appear before the ED again in connection with its probe in the case. Anil Deshmukh sent a two-page letter to the ED through his advocate and mentioned that he is sending his representative.
On Friday, the ED issued fresh summons to the NCP leader and his son Hrishikesh Deshmukh to appear before the probe agency’s office in south Mumbai on Monday, but they skipped it.
The ED had summoned Anil Deshmukh under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) as the agency wants to further record his statement in the case.
Anil Deshmukh had last month said he would appear before the ED to record his statement in the money laundering case after the Supreme Court’s decision over his petition.
The ED’s case against him and others was made out after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) first carried out a preliminary enquiry followed by a regular case being filed on the orders of the Bombay High Court.
The court had asked the CBI to look into the allegations of bribery made against Anil Deshmukh by former Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh.
The ED had earlier arrested Anil Deshmukh’s personal secretary Sanjeev Palande and personal assistant Kundan Shinde after carrying out raids against them and the NCP leader in Mumbai and Nagpur. The probe agency had last month attached assets worth Rs 4.20 crore of Anil Deshmukh and his family.
Anil Deshmukh, who resigned from his post in April following the allegations, has denied any wrongdoing.