10 bar owners in Mumbai paid Rs 4 crore to Anil Deshmukh for three months: ED
An investigation by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has established the money trail of Rs 4 crore, which was allegedly paid by about 10 bar owners in Mumbai to former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh for three months.
The ED is conducting searches at four locations, including the residence of Deshmukh in Nagpur, in connection with the new findings in the money laundering case registered against the National Congress Party leader. In Mumbai, the Investigation agency is also searching the premises of Deshmukh's PA Kundan Shinde and personal secretary Sanjeev Palande, based on the evidence collected by ED on the alleged cash payments by the bar owners to Deshmukh.
The anti-money laundering agency has recorded the statements of over 10 bar owners in connection with this particular case.
The ED investigate into the financial transactions of Deshmukh is in line with the CBI investigation into allegations that the former minister had asked police officers, including the now-suspended assistant police inspector (API) Sachin Waze, for illegally collecting Rs 100 crore including Rs 40-50 each month from 1,750 bars and restaurants in Mumbai.
Deshmukh has denied these allegations which were made on March 20 by former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh in an eight-page letter to C M Uddhav Thackeray, sent out after he was dismissed out from his position as the Mumbai police chief.
The ED registered a case against Deshmukh for allegedly obtaining illegal gratification, based on an FIR filed by the CBI in April this year. The CBI said Deshmukh used his official position to obtain certain undue advantages and had also did the transfers and postings in the Mumbai Police, as alleged by Singh.
Waze is being investgated by the National Investigation Agency for his alleged role in the Ambani house bomb scare case and the murder of businessman Mansukh Hiran.