The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday questioned the non-public secretary of former Maharashtra residence minister Anil Deshmukh in a cash laundering case registered in opposition to the latter, sources stated.
Mr Deshmukh’s private secretary, Sanjeev Palande, was dropped at the ED”s workplace within the afternoon for inquiry in reference to the case, they stated.
Earlier within the day, the ED carried out searches on the premises of Deshmukh in Nagpur and Mumbai as a part of the cash laundering probe in opposition to him.
In Mumbai, searches had been carried out at Mr Deshmukh’s flat in Worli and on the ”Dnyaneshwari” bungalow in south Mumbai’s Malabar Hill, which was allotted to Mr Deshmukh when he was a minister.
The ED officers additionally carried out searches at Mr Palande’s premises in Mumbai, the sources stated.
“Within the afternoon, Palande was dropped at the ED workplace for questioning. The company had recorded the assertion Mumbai DCP Raju Bhujbal on Thursday,” they stated, including that the statements of some bar house owners have additionally been recorded.
The central probe company had registered a legal case beneath the anti-money laundering regulation in opposition to Deshmukh and others final month after finding out a CBI FIR.
The ED case happened after the CBI first carried out a preliminary inquiry, adopted by submitting an everyday case on the orders of the Bombay Excessive Courtroom that requested it to look into the allegations of bribery made in opposition to Mr Deshmukh by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh.
Mr Deshmukh, a politician of the NCP, was the house minister within the Shiv Sena-led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) authorities. He had resigned in April after these allegations had been made in opposition to him.
In his letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray after he was faraway from the police commissioner’s submit, Mr Singh had alleged that Deshmukh had requested police officer Sachin Waze to extort over Rs 100 crore a month from bars and eating places of Mumbai.