Mumbai: Amid reports that he was missing, former Home Minister Anil Deshmukh appeared before the Enforcement Directorate in Mumbai on Monday for questioning in a money laundering case.
There have been bribery allegations against him. In a statement ahead of his appearance, Anil Deshmukh said that a false narrative was being created that he was evading or avoiding appearance before the ED.
“All that I have ever sought is a transparent, fair and objective probe without any fear of favour so that truth is not rendered a casualty,” the statement read.
In a video statement, he had said that he had told the agency that the matter was in the high court, and that he had also petitioned in the Supreme Court. He said he had made it clear that he would appear before the ED once the decision was out. “Even today, the case is pending in SC, but I have presented myself at ED office,” he said.
Former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh had accused Anil Deshmukh of using the police department to extort up to Rs 100 crore.
Param Bir Singh was removed from his post over the slow progress of investigation in the Antilia bomb scare.
Subsequently, Singh too went missing. Former Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam claimed Singh had reached Belgium.
On Monday, Deskhmukh asked, “Where is Param Bir Singh who had made allegations against me? Today, officers from his department and businessmen have lodged complaints against him.”
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