Mumbai: Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday submitted a supplementary chargesheet against former state home minister Anil Deshmukh and his sons – Hrishikesh and Salil, before the special PMLA court in connection with money laundering case. It’s the second chargesheet in the case.
The charge sheet is said to be over 6,000 pages and Deshmukh has been named as prime accused. His sons Hrishikesh and Salil have also been named as accused in the money-laundering case.
The ED is probing allegations against Deshmukh that he had allegedly asked former assistant inspector Sachin Vaze to extort Rs 100 crore a month from bars and restaurants across Mumbai. ED officials found that Rs 4.7 crore were handed over by dismissed assistant inspector Sachin Vaze after extorting bars and restaurants in Mumbai. The agency is also examining the allegation that Deshmukh had favoured police officers for desirable transfer-posting for consideration.
The ED is investigating two aspects in the money laundering case it has registered against Deshmukh based on the CBI FIR.
The chargesheet includes statement of Deshmukh, former chief secretary of Maharashtra Sitaram Kunte, former Mumbai Police commissioner Param Bir Singh and others. 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.
In August, the ED had filed its first chargesheet against Deshmukh’s Nagpur-based trust, Shri Sai Shikshan Sanstha, his then private secretary Sanjeev Palande and personal assistant Kundan Shinde among others.
The agency had arrested Deshmukh in the case on November 2. He is presently in jail custody.
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.
Last year, then state intelligence department commissioner Rashmi Shukla had recorded telephonic conversations of some influential persons who were allegedly discussing transfer-posting of police officers, including IPS officers, in exchange for money. Shukla had submitted the report to then DGP Subodh Jaiswal, who forwarded it to then ACS (home) Kunte to discuss it with the CM for required action. But the government had not acted on the report and later Shukla and Jaiswal opted for central government deputation.
Notably, Deshmukh resigned from the home minister’s post in April after former Mumbai Police chief Param Bir Singh made corruption allegations against him.