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ED carries out searches at former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh’s Nagpur home

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday conducted search at the residence of former Maharashtra home minister and NCP leader Anil Deshmukh, who had to resign former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh levelled allegations of corruption and misconduct against him.

The search operation was carried out at Deshmukh’s Nagpur residence in connection with a money laundering case. ED is scrutinising the accounts of over 40 companies having direct or indirect control of Deshmukh.

The probe agency had on April 25 carried out search at the Nagpur residence of a close aide of Deshmukh, Sagar Bhatewar. Notably, Bhatewar is a director in several firms owned by the NCP leader.

The anti-money laundering agency has in April lodged a case against Deshmukh for allegedly taking bribe, based on an FIR filed by the CBI. The former minister, however, has refuted all charges levelled against him.

Supriya Sule criticises Centre

NCP leader and MP Supriya Sule has criticised the Centre for the ED searches being carried out at Anil Deshmukh’s home. She said that the country has never seen such blatant misuse of central agencies against political opponents.

State NCP chief Jayant Patil echoed Sule and said: “The ED raids are being conducted because they could not find anything during the investigation. Now they are trying to dig up some 10-year-old cases to frame Deshmukh.”

Param Bir Singh’s allegations

After Param Bir Singh was shunted out from his position as Mumbai Police chief over his alleged involvement in the Sachin Vaze case, he dropped a ‘letter bomb’ on the Uddhav Thackeray government making strong allegations against Deshmukh.

In the letter, Singh claimed that Deshmukh used to call police officers to his residence and give them a “collection target”. The top cop claimed that the politician used to pressurise cops to collect at least Rs 100 crore per month from pubs, restaurants and other establishments.

He also accused the minister of interfering in investigations, ordering officers to act on basis of his political agenda ignoring the chain of command.

 

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