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Former Maharashtra minister Anil Deshmukh arrested by ED after 12 hours of probe

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Mumbai: Former Home Minister in Maharashtra government Anil Deshmukh was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate late on Monday after nearly 12 hours of interrogation in a money laundering case.

Anil Deshmukh had appeared before ED in Mumbai on Monday amid reports that he had gone missing. He had issued a statement that he had not gone missing and that he had told the agency that the matter was still being heard in the Supreme Court

Deshmukh had stepped down from his post after allegations of bribery against him. Former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh had accused him of using the police department to extort up to Rs 100 crore a month. He had made the allegations in a letter to Chief Minister, written days after he was removed from his post over “lapses” in the investigation into the Antilia bomb scare case.

Subsequently, Singh went missing.

In his video statement on Monday, Anil Deshmukh had demanded to know where Singh was, indicating that he had presented himself, but the person who had levelled allegations against him was missing.

Meanwhile, cases of extortion have been filed against Param Bir Singh as well. Former Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam claimed Singh had reached Belgium.

 

 

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