Mumbai: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has registered a case of money laundering against former Maharashtra Home Minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Anil Deshmukh for alleged corruption and misuse of office case. A money laundering case has been registered against Deshmukh under the PMLA, a senior official of the Enforcement Directorate associated with the investigation told IANS.
The ED’s action comes nearly a fortnight after the CBI filed a case on April 24 on charges of misuse of office and corruption. The CBI on 6 April asked the agency to investigate allegations of bribery and misuse of office by the Bombay High Court. Soon after the verdict, Deshmukh stepped down from his post. The CBI searched the premises associated with Deshmukh and had recorded his statement earlier as well.
Param Bir Singh had alleged that Anil Deshmukh asked suspended police officer Sachin Vaze to collect Rs 100 crore every month, including Rs 40-50 crore from bars and restaurants in Mumbai. Out of this 100 crores, 40 to 45 crores were alleged to be extracted from hotels, bars and restaurants. This came to light on March 20 in a letter written by former Mumbai Police
Commissioner Param Bir Singh to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
In his letter, Parambir Singh wrote to Thackeray that, as Deshmukh’s Home Minister, directed Vaze and Patil to collect Rs 100 crore a month in Mumbai. Singh was informed about this by Waje and Patil. After which a petition was filed against it in the Supreme Court and on the instructions of the Supreme Court, the matter was brought to the Bombay High Court.