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After CBI, ED registers case against former Maharashtra minister Anil Deshmukh

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After the CBI, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has registered a case against NCP leader and former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh in connection with the alleged bribery case against him. The veteran politician has been booked under sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

Last month, the CBI had registered a case against Deshmukh after carrying out a preliminary investigation. The central agency said Deshmukh had used his official position to obtain undue advantage and had also influenced the transfers and postings in the Mumbai Police, as alleged by former Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh.

The Enforcement Directorate will look into the financial transactions of Deshmukh as CBI is probing the allegation of Rs 100 crore being illegally collected each month from bars and restaurants in Mumbai on the instructions of the former home minister.

Bombay High Court ordered CBI probe

Earlier, former Mumbai commissioner Param Bir Singh, who was transferred following the poor handling of the Mukesh Ambani security scare case, had accused the NCP leader of running an extortion racket through the cops.

Singh had alleged that Anil Deshmukh had asked Mumbai Police personnel to extort Rs 100 crore from bars and restaurants. CBI got involved after Singh filed public interest litigation in the Bombay High Court which in turn handed over the case to the CBI for a probe.

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Singh has alleged that his transfer was a result of the complaint he made against Deshmukh with chief minister Uddhav Thackeray about the extortion racket.

SC refused relief to Anil Deshmukh

The former minister who was initially reluctant to tender his resignation eventually left the post on “moral grounds”. He, however, approached the Supreme Court for a relief against the Bombay High Court’s order.

The Supreme Court refused to entertain the plea of Deshmukh. The top court said that an independent probe into the corruption allegations levelled by Singh against the minister was required. The court said that the probe becomes important as both held high positions in the government and worked closely until the controversy erupted.

 

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