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Mumbai, Nov 6 : A special PMLA court on Saturday remanded former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh to judicial custody for two weeks.
The Court quashed the Enforcement Directorate’s demand for extension of Deshmukh’s ED custody by nine days. ED had urged the court to extend the custody as investigation was going on.
The national agency is probing a money laundering case against Deshmukh, based on an FIR filed by the CBI in April, 2021 alleging corruption and bribery by the then minister.
Anil was on November 2 sent to the ED custody by a holiday court in Mumbai till November 6, in connection with the case. ED had filed a case against him on the basis of bribe charges levelled by former Mumbai Commissioner of Police Param Bir Singh, which later led to his resignation from the post of Home Minister.
Param Bir Singh had written a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, alleging that Deshmukh had received illegal gratification of around Rs 4.7 crore in cash from various orchestra bar owners between December 2020 and February 2021, when he was Home Minister, through Assistant Inspector Sachin Waze.
On Tuesday, the ED claimed in court that Anil Deshmukh was directly involved in the offence of money laundering. Apart from relying on the statement of co-accused Waze, the ED said it had recorded the statements of two more police officers.
Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh and Special Public Prosecutor Hiten Venegaokar told the court that Deshmukh had allegedly laundered the bribe money with the help of Delhi-based paper companies, while “attempting to colour it as donation” to his education trust, Shri Sai Shikshan Sanstha.