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ED files chargesheet against Deshmukh

The money was laundered to Nagpur-based Shri Sai Shikshan Sansthan, an educational trust controlled by the Deshmukh family.

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Mumbai: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday filed a charge sheet in a PMLA court here against former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh and others for their alleged involvement in a money laundering case.

This is the second charge sheet in the case. The first was filed in August against Deshmukh’s Personal Secretary Sanjeev Palande, Personal Assistant Kundan Shinde and a trust run by Deshmukh’s family, Shri Sai Shikshan Sansthan.

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The supplementary charge sheet running into more than 7,000 pages also names Deshmukh’s sons as accused. Deshmukh and the others were charge-sheeted under various sections of the Indian Penal Code as well as the law related to financial irregularities and crime.

Deshmukh was arrested by the ED on November 1 in connection with the case and is currently in judicial custody.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) earlier filed an FIR against him on April 21 on charges of corruption and misuse of official positions. After that, the ED began its probe against Deshmukh.

The ED’s case is that while serving as Home Minister, Deshmukh allegedly misused his official position and through Sachin Waze, a police officer dismissed from service after his arrest two cases, collected Rs 4.70 crores from various bars in Mumbai.

The money was laundered to Nagpur-based Shri Sai Shikshan Sansthan, an educational trust controlled by the Deshmukh family.

His aides, Palande and Shinde, played an important role in circulating and laundering the unaccounted money, according to the ED

Deshmukh, who resigned as Home Minister earlier this year, has repeatedly denied the charges against him.

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