ED arrests personal assistant to secretary Anil Deshmukh in money laundering case after raids – Reuters


MUMBAI: The Law Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday arrested former Maharashtra Home Minister’s personal assistant, Anil Deshmukh, Kundan Shinde, and personal secretary, Sanjeev Palande, in connection with of an alleged money laundering case.

It comes a day after the ED raided Deshmukh’s residences in Nagpur and Mumbai. According to ED, the raids were carried out at five locations.

Speaking to the media after the raids, Deshmukh said on Friday that former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh made false allegations against him after he was removed from his post due to his suspicious role.

“Why didn’t he make allegations while he was still in the job? You know that Param Bir Singh made false allegations against me after I was removed from his position as Mumbai Police Commissioner because that his role was very suspicious,” Deshmukh said.

The ED on May 11 had registered a money laundering case against Deshmukh. Earlier in April, the CBI carried out searches at four Deshmukh premises after registering an FIR against him in connection with the case.

An FIR was filed based on section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act (official receiving a gratuity other than statutory remuneration in respect of an official act) and criminal conspiracy (IPC 120 B ).

Sources confirmed that during the searches, the CBI recovered incriminating documents and digital devices.

Param Bir Singh in his letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had alleged that Deshmukh had engaged in ’embezzlement’ and asked suspended Mumbai police officer Sachin Waze to collect Rs 100 crores every month.

Waze was arrested in March as part of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) investigation into the recovery of an explosive-laden SUV near the Mumbai home of Mukesh Ambani and the subsequent murder of businessman Thane Mansukh Hiran.

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