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Anil Deshmukh Won't Join Probe In Money Laundering Case, His Lawyer Says

Anil Deshmukh resigned from the state cupboard in April this yr. (File)

Mumbai:

Former Maharashtra dwelling minister Anil Deshmukh feels that the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) investigation in opposition to him in an alleged cash laundering case shouldn’t be justified, and therefore he isn’t becoming a member of the probe, his lawyer stated right now.

Mr Deshmukh’s lawyer Kamlesh Ghumre additionally alleged that the ED investigation appears extra like “harassment” than a real probe.

The ED had earlier issued a number of summonses to Mr Deshmukh, asking him to file his assertion.

Nevertheless, the NCP chief, 72, had skipped the summonses citing his “vulnerability” to COVID-19 as the rationale for non-compliance. He has as an alternative supplied the central company to file his assertion by video conferencing. Deshmukh has additionally moved the Supreme Court docket searching for safety from any coercive motion within the case.

The ED case in opposition to Anil Deshmukh and others was made out after the CBI booked him in a corruption case associated to allegations of at the least Rs 100 crore bribery made by former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh earlier this yr.

“Deshmukh feels this investigation shouldn’t be justified, therefore he isn’t becoming a member of the investigation…No matter paperwork the probe company needs, it ought to at the least inform us,” advocate Ghumre stated.

Though there are digital platforms and different methods, Deshmukh is being requested to instantly be a part of questioning, he stated.

“ED’s probe is trying like extra of harassment and never a real investigation,” he alleged.

The lawyer stated summonses had been issued by the ED. “However we’ve approached the Supreme Court docket for aid,” the lawyer stated.

In his letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray after he was faraway from the police commissioner’s submit, Param Bir Singh had alleged that Deshmukh had requested (now dismissed) police officer Sachin Waze to extort over Rs 100 crore a month from bars and eating places in Mumbai.

“Param Bir Singh’s allegations aren’t true. Actually, the excessive courtroom has questioned Singh why he was silent for months,” the lawyer stated.

The Bombay Excessive courtroom has reserved the order on the plea searching for quashing of the case filed by the CBI. “We are able to anticipate the orders anytime,” he added.

Mr Ghumre additionally alleged that the ED was selectively leaking data to the media.

He stated that Sachin Waze has not talked about wherever within the affidavit (filed earlier than an inquiry fee) that he has given cash to Anil Deshmukh.

Sachin Waze, in his affidavit, has by no means stated that he met Anil Deshmukh in February. The affidavit talked about that he had simply met Deshmukh simply as soon as, Mr Ghumre acknowledged.

The ED has arrested Anil Deshmukh’s private secretary Sanjeev Palande and private assistant Kundan Shinde in reference to the case. They’re presently in judicial custody.

Mr Deshmukh had resigned as a minister in April after the Bombay Excessive Court docket directed the CBI to conduct a preliminary inquiry into allegations of corruption.

(Aside from the headline, this story has not been edited by The Press Reporter workers and is printed from a syndicated feed.)

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