Former Home Minister Anil Deshmukh was sent back to the Enforcement Directorate's custody by a special holiday court. Former HM Deshmukh was arrested for money laundering. The Enforcement Directorate based on an FIR filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation arrested Deshmukh and others who allegedly took undue advantage of their public duty for the collection of funds - a target of 100 Crore. The sum was to be collected from various bars, restaurants, etc. Deshmukh was called by the ED on Monday and was arrested and questioned for more than 12 hours. The Decision to remand him was decided by Special Judge PB Jadhav after hearing Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh and Senior Advocate Vikram Chaudhari.
Counsel appearing for Deshmukh opposed the plea before the Bombay High Court and SC as the ED had failed to mention Deshmukh's name as 'accused' in the case, the very reason Anil Deshmukh appeared only yesterday. Advocate Chaudhari also stated a few reasons concerning his health. The Bombay High Court refused to grant relief to withdraw summons by the Enforcement Directorate to Deshmukh. In a self-recorded video of Deshmukh before his arrest, Deshmukh proved that Singh's allegations against him.
Deshmukh's Statements - "I have received numerous ED summons and the media is wrongfully reporting that I am not cooperating with the investigation. After every summon, Anil Deshmukh informed the ED that his petition is pending before the courts and that he will produce himself before the ED after their outcomes. Anil Deshmukh was the former chief minister of Maharashtra, he has received a mass amount of 4.70 Crore which was collected via various orchestras, bars. This money was used by his son - Hrishikesh Deshmukh for providing cash in Delhi and later the money was given as a Donation to Shri Sai Shikshan Trust. The said trust was formed, managed, and controlled solely by Anil Deshmukh and his family members."
However, when Deshmukh appeared to the ED because Singh wanted Deshmukh to appear, the latter was nowhere to be seen. Maharashtra's Former Home Minister Anil Deshmukh had received 4.7 Cr. in illegal satisfaction in cash from various orchestra bar owners between the period December 2020 and February 2021. The ED's remit told that with the aid of associates, the Deshmukh's were indirectly controlling the business activities in various companies and laundering money by creating a complex web of transactions. it added further, Deshmukh had given instructions to his assistant Kudan Shinde to collect 4.70 Crore from Sachin Waze.
"The accused (Deshmukh) has not cooperated with the investigation. The accused has not provided the requisite information regarding the laundering of proceeds of crime. Interrogation under trial is necessary to bring to the light the funds for the confirmation of other persons involved." - ED
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