Ex-Maharashtra minister Anil Deshmukh sent to 14-day judicial custody in money laundering case

By Online Desk

A Mumbai court on Saturday sent former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh, arrested in a money laundering case, to 14-day judicial custody.

Earlier in the day, a medical examination of Deshmukh was conducted at a state-run hospital in Mumbai before he was taken to a special court in the afternoon as his Enforcement Directorate (ED) custody ended, an official said.

Deshmukh (71) was arrested by the ED late Monday night after 12 hours of questioning.

A Mumbai court had on Tuesday remanded Deshmukh in ED’s custody till November 6 in connection with a multi-crore money laundering case.

“As Deshmukh’s ED custody ended on Saturday, he was taken out of the central agency’s office here around 12.20 pm. Before being produced in the special PMLA court, he was taken to the state-run J J Hospital for his routine medical checkup in the morning,” the official said.

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

Singh had alleged that Deshmukh was involved in several wrongdoings, including asking the sacked police officer Sachin Waze to collect Rs 100 crore from bars and restaurants in Mumbai.

The ED had on Thursday summoned Deshmukh’s son Hrishikesh Deshmukh for questioning in connection with the money laundering case. He was quizzed on Friday.