Mumbai: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has registered a criminal case under the anti-money laundering law against Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh.
Official sources on Tuesday said that the case has been filed under sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) on the basis of a recent Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) FIR that was filed against 71-year-old Deshmukh in connection with allegations of bribery against him.
They added that the central probe agency may now summon Deshmukh for interrogation.
The ED case comes after the central anti-money laundering agency analysed the CBI case.
On April 24, the CBI had said that as per its preliminary enquiry, a prima facie ‘cognisable offence’ is made out against Deshmukh and others pertaining to alleged corruption and misuse of power.
The CBI had added that Deshmukh and some unknown others had tried to take undue advantage of their official position for “improper and dishonest performance of their public duty”. Notably, the PE was ordered by the Bombay High Court in April.
As per the PE, arrested-suspended Assistant Police Inspector 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.
In the FIR lodged by the CBI on the basis of the PE, it has referred to the writ petition registered by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh, which mentioned how “the then Home Minister (Deshmukh) and others exercised undue influence over the transfer and postings of officials and thereby exercising undue influence over the performance of official duties by the officials”.
Later, the CBI sleuths had swooped on Deshmukh’s Nagpur home and other locations in Mumbai, Thane and Pune across Maharashtra.