The Bombay High Court remanded former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh back in the ED’s custody till November 12 in the money laundering case, setting aside a special court’s order remanding him in judicial custody.
The Enforcement Directorate moved an urgent plea before the vacation bench of Justice Madhav Jamdar against the special court’s order.
When Deshmukh’s counsels did not object to ED’s application and consented to be remanded in the agency’s custody, Justice Jamdar, passed the order remanding him to ED’s custody.
Senior Advocate Vikram Chaudhri and Aniket Nikam for Deshmukh submitted that they were volunteering to cooperate and not shying away from an investigation. Without getting into the merits or maintainibiity of the application, they argued.
The case dates back to March 20, 2021 when former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh alleged Mr Deshmukh of abusing his position and powers to seek illegal monetary benefits.
Soon thereafter the High Court directed a preliminary enquiry to be held against Mr Deshmukh by the Central Bureau of Investigation. The ED then stepped in and started conducting a probe into allegations of money laundering against Mr Deshmukh.
On April 21, a FIR was registered against Mr Deshmukh under section 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code and section 7 (public servant taking gratification other than legal remuneration in respect of an official act) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The NCP leader was arrested on November 2, after over 12 hours of sustained interrorgation.