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Money laundering case: Court sends Anil Deshmukh to 14-day judicial custody

By PTI

Mumbai: A special PMLA court on Monday sent former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh to 14-day judicial custody after the Enforcement Directorate did not seek his further remand in the multi-crore money laundering case.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) arrested Deshmukh on November 1 under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) after questioning in the case. At the end of his ED custody on Monday, the NCP leader was produced before Special Judge HS Satbhai. The court sent Deshmukh to judicial custody as the probe agency had not sought further remand.

After Deshmukh (71) was sent to judicial custody, his legal team filed a petition before the court demanding that he be allowed to take home food and medicines considering his age and medical history.

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Deshmukh’s lawyers also sought a bed for the former minister, saying he had severe lower back pain and would not be able to sleep on the floor.

The court directed the jail authorities to provide him a bed. It also said that he can take the medicines prescribed by the doctor. However, the court kept his plea for food at home pending. It said that if after a few days there is any complaint regarding the food, they can approach the court.

The ED had launched the probe against Deshmukh and his associates after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on April 21 this year registered an FIR against the NCP leader on charges of corruption and misuse of official position.

The money laundering case against Deshmukh and others came to light after the CBI booked them in a corruption case related to allegations of bribery of at least Rs 100 crore made by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh.

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The ED case is that Deshmukh abused his official position while serving as the state home minister and collected Rs 4.70 crore from various bars and restaurants in Mumbai through sacked police officer Sachin Vaze.

Deshmukh had earlier denied these allegations and said that the agency’s entire affair was based on malicious statements made by a tainted cop (Waze).

The ED had earlier also arrested two of his associates- Sanjeev Palande (an additional collector rank officer who was working as personal secretary to Deshmukh) and Kundan Shinde (Deshmukh’s personal assistant) in connection with the case.

He is currently in judicial custody. The agency had also submitted a prosecution complaint (equivalent to a charge sheet) against the two before a special court.

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