The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Sunday morning raided former Maharashtra residence minister Anil Deshmukh’s ancestral home in Wadvihira and Katol in Nagpur district in reference to the ₹100 crore extortion case.
The Central investigative company, a few days in the past, had provisionally hooked up the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief’s belongings value ₹4.20 crores in a money laundering case.
Around 7am on Sunday morning, six ED sleuths accompanied by a workforce of armed Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) reached Deskhmukh’s two houses and began a search operation, which continues to be persevering with on the time of the writing of this report. The houses have been cordoned off by the CRPF.
Two days in the past on Friday, one residential flat owned by Deshmukh in Mumbai’s Worli, valued at ₹1.54 crore, and 25 land parcels in Dhutum villages in Raigarh district of Maharashtra, e-book worth ₹2.67 crore, have been hooked up by the ED. The company then additionally issued summons to his spouse Aarati Deshmukh for questioning.
Former Mumbai police commissioner Parambir Singh had alleged that as a minister in the Maharashtra authorities, Deshmukh had requested suspended police officer Sachin Vaze and few others to extort ₹100 crore each month from bars and eating places in Mumbai.
Following the allegations, the Bombay excessive court docket ordered a preliminary enquiry by the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation). The company later registered an FIR in opposition to Deshmukh in April this year. The ED, which was additionally invited to affix the probe, final month arrested Anil Deshmukh’s PA Kundan Shinde and PS Sanjeev Palande, and likewise summoned Deshmukh and his relations.
People conscious of the developments mentioned that Deshmukh or his shut relations weren’t current in the houses at Katol and Wadvihira, which have been being raided on Sunday. The ED had additionally raided his Civil Lines residence right here final month and interrogated his spouse Aarati and son Rishi.
The contemporary raids come shut on the heels of NCP supremo Sharad Pawar meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi on Saturday.