The ED is probing the financial transactions of Deshmukh in line with the CBI probe into allegations that the former minister had asked police officers to collect Rs 100 crore from bars and restaurants in Mumbai.
Image source: The Hindustan Times CBI filed an FIR on Senior Nationalist Congress Party leader, Anil Deshmukh based on section 7 of the Prevention of Corruption Act (public servant taking gratification other than legal remuneration regarding an official act) and criminal conspiracy (IPC 120 B). Following this, CBI searched for the premises of Deshmukh and found some incriminating evidence. On May 4th Deshmukh filed a petition in the high court however the high court concluded by refusing to provide any protection. On May 11th, The Enforcement Directorate (ED) registered a criminal case against Anil Deshmukh in connection with the case of money, after examining the CBI FIR and on June 25th, raided his house at GPO Chowk and houses of his close associates. Earlier on April 25, the probe agency had searched the Nagpur residence of Sagar Bhatewar, a close aide of Deshmukh, who is also the director of several firms owned by the NCP leader. The agency is looking into the accounts of over 40 companies directly and indirectly controlled by Deshmukh, sources said. In April, the ED had registered a case against Deshmukh, based on an FIR filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation, for using his official position and taking undue advantage. Former police commissioner Param Bir Singh writes to Mumbai’s CM, Uddhav Thackeray alleging that he has influenced the posting and transfer in Mumbai Police. He states Deshmukh has been involved in “malpractices” further adding that he asked Vaze to collect Rs 100 crore every month, including Rs 40-50 crore from bars and restaurants. The ED is probing the financial transactions of Deshmukh in line with the CBI probe into allegations that the former minister had asked police officers, including now-suspended assistant police inspector (API) Sachin Waze, to collect Rs 100 crore from bars and restaurants in Mumbai. Sachin Waze, who played a major role in case of Ambani’s bomb scare and murder of business person Mansukh Hiran is being probed by the National Investigation Agency, has provided a strong backup by handing over a letter to NIA supporting the allegations against Deshmukh and also leveled corruption charges against Transport Minister Anil Parab. Waze alleged Deshmukh had asked him to pay Rs 2 crore for reinstatement in the Mumbai Police. The court has not yet taken the letter on record. However, Deshmukh has denied all allegations leveled against him.