PMLA probe: ED searches 2 homes of Anil Deshmukh

Money laundering probe: ED searches 2 homes of ex-Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh

ED is conducting a probe into the money laundering case related to an alleged multi-crore bribery-cum-extortion racket

Former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh. Credit: DH Photo

Continuing its investigations further, the Enforcement Directorate carried out searches at former Maharashtra home minister and senior NCP leader Anil Deshmukh’s ancestral family home at Katol in Nagpur district.

The search follows last week’s ED action when it attached his properties in Mumbai and Raigad district totally valued at Rs 4.20 crore.

Last month, the ED carried out searches at his residences in Mumbai and Nagpur city - nearly a couple of months after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) launched the probe.

Deshmukh is facing a probe by the CBI and ED in the wake of allegations made by former Mumbai Police chief and now commandant general of Home Guards that Deshmukh had fixed a collection target of Rs 100 crore per month for assistant police inspector Sachin Vaze, who has been arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

Vaze is the prime accused of planting a gelatin sticks-laden Scorpio near the Mumbai home of Reliance Industries Ltd chairman Mukesh Ambani and the murder of SUV owner Mansukh Hiren.

According to reports reaching here, the ED carried out raids at Deshmukh’s home in Wadvihara and Katol town.

Deshmukh, his wife Aarti and son Hrishikesh have not appeared before the ED so far.

Last month, the ED arrested Deshmukh’s personal secretary Sanjeev Palande and personal assistant Kundan Shinde.

Deshmukh (72) is close to NCP supremo Sharad Pawar and general secretary Praful Patel.

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