ED Files Chargesheet Against Anil Deshmukh

Mumbai: In the money laundering case involving Former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, the Enforcement Directorate has filed a chargesheet against him. The chargesheet has been submitted at the PMLA court. ZIn the chargesheet ED has also named Deshmukh’s sons Hrishikesh and Salil.

The sheet has statements of Deshmukh, former chief secretary of Maharashtra Sitaram Kunte, former Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh and others. It’s the second chargesheet in the case.

The ED alleged that Deshmukh’s family was indirectly controlling or managing the activities of 27 companies used to launder money and that the bribe money was shown as donations made to Deshmukh’s trust ‘Sai Shikshan Sanstha’ by Delhi-based paper companies.

Deshmukh had claimed that the money was loans and CSR received from the companies, the ED alleged.

The agency had arrested Deshmukh in the case on November 2. He is presently in jail custody. The chargesheet also includes the statement of around a dozen IPS-SPS cadre officers who allegedly obtained their posting on recommendation of Deshmukh when he was the state home minister.

The ED has been unable to get a copy of the report of former state intelligence department commissioner Rashmi Shukla, who had recorded telephonic conversations of some influential persons who were allegedly discussing transfer-posting of police officers in exchange for money

The agency has examined the allegation that Deshmukh had favoured police officers for desirable transfer-posting for consideration based on related statements and documents collected during the probe.

The ED is investigating two aspects in the money laundering case it has registered against Deshmukh based on the CBI FIR. Deshmukh has been accused of misusing his post as home minister and asking now dismissed assistant police inspector Sachin Waze to collect Rs 100 crore from bar and restaurant owners for him every month.

The ED is also examining the allegation that Deshmukh had favoured police officers for desirable transfer-posting for consideration.

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