Former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh was on Monday sent to 14-day judicial custody by a special court Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
Alleged money laundering case | Former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh sent to 14-day judicial custody.
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Anil Deshmukh was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on November 2. He was arrested after 12 hours of questioning. His 14 days of ED custody ended on Monday.
A holiday court on November 6, had sent Deshmukh to judicial custody for 14 days after rejecting the ED’s plea seeking an extension of remand.
On the other hand, Anil Deshmukh filed an application for home food and medicines for him and said it was a harmless request considering his age and post-COVID-19 health.
The special court, however, turned down his request for home-cooked meals. “You eat jail food first. If not, then I will consider,” the judge said.
Why was Deshmukh arrested?
The senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) under various sections of PMLA.
He was arrested based on allegations levelled against him by the former Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh. Singh has said Deshmukh was involved in several wrongdoings. It includes asking Sachin Waze, another suspended officer of Mumbai Police, to collect ₹100 crores from bars and restaurants in the city every month.
According to the ED, Deshmukh’s family “laundered the tainted sum of Rs 4.18 crore. Furthermore, projected it as untainted by showing the same amount as received by the trust, namely Shri Sai Shikshan Sanstha”.
Furthermore, the ED probe into Deshmukh’s financial transactions is in line with the CBI probe into former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh’s allegations of corruption against the NCP leader. The CBI initiated a preliminary probe based on the April 5 HC order and had registered FIR on April 21.
Deshmukh has denied all the allegations against him. However, he had to resign in April after the CBI registered the case.