ED seeks further custody of Ex Maharashtra Home Minister
Former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh was arrested in money laundering and extortion cases. Former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh has made corruption and extortion allegations against him.
Mumbai: The Enforcement Directorate seeking further custody of former Maharashtra minister Anil Deshmukh, who was arrested by ED over a money laundering case.
Deshmukh’s custody will ends today, The ED has taken him for a routine medical check-up on Saturday morning before he produced before the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, court.
ED sources said that Mr. Deshmukh is not cooperating with the investigation. Sources said that Mr. Deshmukh and his family members have floated 27 companies to launder money, the ED has submitted that it needs more time to unearth details of investments made by Deshmukh and his family members.
ED has issued summons to Hrishikesh Deshmukh, son of Anil Deshmukh, regarding his connection with the case and new companies. However, he skipped the ED summons, the fresh summons will be issued against him.
Anil Deshmukh, former Home Minister is facing corruption charges and extortion. Former Mumbai police commissioner, Param Bir Singh has accused him fixing monthly target to Mumbai police to collect money from traders and hotels. Interestingly, the former police officer is also facing similar charges, similar cases filed against him before the Anti Corruption Bureau.
Mr. Deshmukh was arrested on Tuesday, ED has questioned him for 12 hours, but has not disclosed anything to the investigating agency regarding his connections to money laundering.
Bombay high court has refused to relief to Deshmukh, he has challenged the ED summons before the Bombay high court. NCB spokesperson, Nawab Malik called party leader arrest was "politically motivated".
"It is aimed at scaring leaders of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (the ruling alliance)," Mr. Malik alleged.
Former Mumbai police officer Param Bir Singh wrote a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, accused of using the police to extort up toRs. 100 crore from Mumbai bars and restaurants every month.
The letter has triggered uproar in the state, the opposition has demanded the resignation of Mr.Deshmukh.
The Enforcement Directorate took cognizance of the allegations after an FIR was registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation based on Mr Singh's allegations.
Now Param Bir Singh is missing, several police officers have filed complaints against him. A lookout notice was issued against him.