Mumbai: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has taken action against former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh in the money laundering case. ED has attached immovable assets worth Rs 4.20 crore of Anil Deshmukh and his family. Officials said preliminary attachment orders have been issued under the PMLA. Deshmukh has not appeared before the probe agency despite at least three summons sent by the ED for questioning.
The central agency had also summoned his son Rishikesh and wife but they too refused to record the statement. The summons were issued in connection with a case registered under PMLA in connection with an alleged bribe-cum-recovery case of Rs 100 crore related to Maharashtra Police. Due to this case, Deshmukh had to resign from his post in April this year.
Enforcement Directorate (ED) says it has attached immovable assets worth Rs 4.20 crores belonging to former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh and his family under PMLA in a corruption case pic.twitter.com/iNafh7iI2o
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NCP leader Anil Deshmukh has denied any wrongdoing and the ED’s action against him was termed unfair by his lawyer. The former minister recently filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking protection against any coercive action by the ED.
Let us tell you that earlier this year on the complaint of former Mumbai Police Commissioner Parambir Singh, CBI and ED had registered a case against Deshmukh on corruption charges. In his complaint, Parambir Singh had accused Deshmukh of taking a bribe of at least Rs 100 crore.
Earlier on July 14, Anil Deshmukh’s counsel had said that his client feels that the ED probe against him in the alleged money laundering case is not proper and hence he is not joining the investigation. Deshmukh’s lawyer Kamlesh Ghumre alleged that the ED probe looked more like “harassment” than a real probe.
The ED had earlier issued several summons to Deshmukh asking him to record his statement. However, Deshmukh refused to appear, citing being ‘sensitive’ about Kovid-19. Instead, he had offered the central agency to record the statement through video conferencing. Advocate Ghumre had said, ‘Deshmukh feels that this investigation is not proper, so he is not joining the investigation.. Whatever documents the investigating agency wants, at least we should tell them.’
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