ED is now investigating bank loans taken out by former Maharashtra Interior Minister Anil Deshmukh by “flouting the rules”
Bombay: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has now broadened the scope of its ongoing investigation against former Maharashtra Home Secretary Anil Deshmukh over corruption allegations raised by former Mumbai police chief , Param Bir Singh, learned ABP. The agency discovered during its investigation that Deshmukh had taken huge loans from several private banks and that the rules for granting loans were not being followed, sources said.
ED is also investigating who helped Deshmukh obtain these loans when the rules were violated. According to ED, Deshmukh transferred the loan amount to businesses owned by members of his family.
ED sources also said they investigated these companies and found that while some of these companies were real, others were shell companies. The agency is now trying to trace the money.
The charges against the PA and the PS of Deshmukh
In March of this year, former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh wrote a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, complaining that Sanjeev Palande, Deshmukh’s personal secretary, was “recovering (extorting) Money through ex-policeman Sachin Waze.
In his letter, Singh said Deshmukh held a meeting at his official residence in Dnyaneshwari and ordered the Waze to “collect” at least 100 crore rupees each month from bars and hotels. He also said that Waze was protected by Deshmukh.
Singh had also stated that Deshmukh had called Waze several times in his official bungalow and ordered him to “collect” money, and that Palande would be present at these meetings.
Palande would be present at all such meetings with police officers, the letter said, adding that Deshmukh’s personal assistant Kundan Shinde was also aware of this.
ED sources have so far said that statements from 10 bar owners have been recorded in the case, which revealed that they had so far collected 4 crore rupees and turned them over to the AP and Deshmukh’s PS, after which the money was diverted to the shell company, then the money returned to the bank accounts of Deshmukh’s relatives.
The ED recorded the statement of Mumbai Police DCP Raju Bhujbal on June 24, after which the series of raids began.
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