The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has sought 7-day police custody of former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh’s lawyer Anand Daga and Sub-Inspector Abhishek Tiwari.
Earlier within the day, ex-Maharashtra minister Anil Deshmukh moved the Bombay High Court searching for to quash the Enforcement Directorate’s summons issued to him in reference to a cash laundering case registered in opposition to him, and that the probe into the case be handed over to an SIT of ED officers outdoors Mumbai.
He additionally sought that his assertion be recorded by the ED by means of digital mode. Deshmukh’s software got here up for listening to earlier than a single bench of Justice Revati Mohite Dere.
However, Justice Dere recused herself from listening to the applying with out assigning any motive and stated, “Not earlier than me.” The software will probably be heard by one other bench in the end of time.
Deshmukh in his software sought that the HC quash and put aside the summons issued to him from time-to-time by the central company.
The NCP chief in his plea additionally requested the HC for a path to the ED to document his assertion and submit all related paperwork by means of the digital mode.
He additionally sought a path for the probe into the case to be handed over to a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of ED officers outdoors the Mumbai zonal workplace.
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The Enforcement Directorate had initiated a probe in opposition to Deshmukh and his associates after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) lodged an FIR in opposition to him on April 21 this 12 months on costs of corruption and misuse of official place.
The ED’s case is that whereas serving because the state dwelling minister, Deshmukh allegedly misused his place and thru dismissed police officer Sachin Waze collected Rs 4.70 crore from varied bars and eating places in Mumbai.
The cash was allegedly laundered to the Nagpur-based Shri Sai Shikshan Sansthan, an academic belief managed by Deshmukh’s household. The ED has until now issued 5 summons to Deshmukh, asking him to seem earlier than it for questioning.
However, Deshmukh skipped all of the 5 summons, saying he can be searching for acceptable treatment out there beneath regulation.
Deshmukh final month approached the Supreme Court in opposition to the summons and sought safety from arrest. The apex courtroom had, nonetheless, refused to grant any reduction and stated Deshmukh had alternate treatments. The NCP chief then approached the HC, difficult the summons.
The ED has to this point arrested two individuals – Sanjeev Palande (further collector-rank official who was working as Deshmukh’s non-public secretary) and Kundan Shinde (Deshmukh’s private assistant) – within the case.
Palande has additionally moved the excessive courtroom, difficult the Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) registered in opposition to him by the ED.
His plea will probably be taken up for listening to by a division bench of Justices S S Shinde and N J Jamadar in the end of time.
The ED final month submitted its prosecution criticism (equal to a cost sheet) in opposition to the duo earlier than a particular courtroom in Mumbai.
The CBI had lodged the FIR in opposition to Deshmukh after it carried out a preliminary enquiry in opposition to him following an order from the HC on April 5.
Deshmukh resigned from the publish of state dwelling minister the identical day, however has denied any wrongdoing.
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