ED Registers Case against Former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh

GG News Bureau

Mumbai, 12th May. A case of money laundering has been filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) against former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh. The Enforcement Directorate has registered the case against Anil Deshmukh on the basis of a CBI report.

ED informed that a case has been registered against Deshmukh under sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) on the basis of an FIR lodged by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) last month. The Prevention of Money Laundering Act is an act passed by the Parliament of India in the year 2002, which aims to prevent black money from turning white. It has a provision to confiscate money received from money laundering. The Act came into effect from July 1, 2005. It is a criminal law, which empowers the officers of the directorate to finalize investigations, inquiries and impose fines.

The official said that the Enforcement Directorate can now summon Deshmukh and others for questioning.

The CBI has said that Deshmukh used his official post to get undue benefits and also influenced the transfers and postings in the Mumbai Police.

Previously, the Bombay High Court had rejected the plea of former Home Minister Anil Deshmukh challenging the CBI’s FIR in the corruption case.

Earlier, the CBI, after registering an FIR on April 21, searched the premises belonging to the former home minister in Mumbai and Nagpur. Deshmukh resigned from the post of Maharashtra home minister following a High Court order of the CBI probe into the matter.

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