Former Maharashtra Home Minister denied allegations, ducks ED dates thrice

Anil Deshmukh moved the Supreme Court on Sunday seeking protection from any coercive action in the money laundering case. He has denied all the allegations that have been leveled against him.

Image source: Hindustan Times Former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh sent a letter to Enforcement Directorate (ED) claiming that the ongoing investigation against him is not transparent. The agency has sent summons to the politician in connection with an alleged money laundering case linked to a purported bribery racket operated through dismissed Mumbai Police officer Sachin Vaze. Deshmukh has sent a letter to the Assistant Director of the agency, Tassine Sultan, saying that he had devoted his entire life to public service and would not hesitate to render any help that may be required in the conduct of the ongoing investigations. He further claimed that neither the procedure of law is being followed nor impartial or transparent investigation is being carried out. Anil Deshmukh on Sunday filed an application in the Supreme Court seeking protection from any coercive action by the Enforcement Directorate in the money laundering case registered against him. Deshmukh is being probed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a case of alleged extortion from orchestra bars in the state. The move comes a day after the ED issued fresh summons on 4th July asking Anil Deshmukh to appear before the agency on Monday. This was the third summons issued by the agency to Deshmukh. Enforcement Directorate has issued three summons out of which he skipped the two, citing Covid-19 as a reason of non-compliance in previous two. The first summon was followed by a raid, conducted by ED at his residence in Mumbai and Nagpur and not only his residence but his aides too. Two of his aides, his personal secretary, Sanjeev Palande and his personal assistant, Kundan Shinde are in custody till July 6th. While Anil Deshmukh was summoned on Monday, July 5th, his son, Hrishikesh has been summoned on Tuesday, July 6 Through his lawyers, he had sought documents pertaining to ED’s complaint against him and also requested the agency to record his statement online. However, both his requests were turned down by the agency. As per the reports, apart from the present case, the agency wants to question Deshmukh about his and his family members’ alleged links with certain shell companies that were being used to launder funds much before the present allegations of bribery in the Mumbai Police setup came to light. Anil Deshmukh’s lawyer Inderpal Singh in a video message on Sunday said that the NCP leader has moved the top court seeking protection from any coercive action.

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