[Money Laundering] Special PMLA court sends ex-Maharashtra home minster Anil Deshmukh to 14-day judicial custody

  • Ratna Singh
  • 05:39 PM, 06 Nov 2021

Former Home Minister of Maharashtra Anil Deshmukh sent to 14-day judicial custody in a money laundering case by a special PMLA court on Saturday in Mumbai.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED), had sought his remand for nine more days, but the Mumbai court refused the probe agency's plea and sent him to 14 days judicial custody.

Deshmukh was arrested on Nov 1 in a money laundering case. He was arrested by the ED late on Monday night after 12 hours of questioning.

A court had on Tuesday remanded him in the agency's custody till November 6. Thereby, he was produced before the special court at the end of his EDs’ custody.

Deshmukh’s son Hrishikesh also moved to session’s court today and filed a petition for anticipatory bail.His hearing is adjourned till 12th November with no interim protection from arrest to till then.

Earlier on Thursday, Enforcement Directorate (ED) had issued summons to Hrishikesh for questioning in an alleged money laundering case in which his father Anil Deshmukh has been arrested.

ED had asked Hrishikesh to appear before it on Friday but he did not, as reported by ED officials.

The money laundering case against Deshmukh and others was made out after the CBI booked him in a corruption case related to allegations of at least Rs 100 crore bribery made by former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh.

Besides, the ED had initiated a probe against Deshmukh and his associates after the CBI filed its FIR against the NCP leader on April 21 on charges of corruption and misuse of official position.

The ED's case is that Deshmukh, while serving as home minister, misused his official position and through dismissed cop Sachin Waze collected Rs 4.70 crore from various bars and restaurants in Mumbai.

Besides Deshmukh, the ED has arrested his two aides - Kundan Shinde and Sanjeev Palande in connection with the case and both of them are currently in judicial custody.