Anil Deshmukh’s staffer arrested by ED over bribery charges

Mumbai : The Enforcement Directorate have arrested two staffers of former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh in a money laundering case in which he took bribery of Rs 100 crore, officials said here on Saturday.

The two include his personal secretary Sanjeev Palande and personal assistant Kundan Shinde both of whom were arrested on Friday night after ED carried out raids against them and Deshmukh in Mumbai and Nagpur.

The two were brought to the ED office following the searches. They will be produced before a special PMLA court in Mumbai on Saturday where the ED will seek their remand for custodial interrogation, officials said.

The ED case against Deshmukh and others was made out after the CBI first carried out a preliminary inquiry followed by a regular case being filed on the orders of the Bombay High Court.

The court had asked the agency to look into the allegations of bribery made against Deshmukh by former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh.

Deshmukh, who had resigned from his post in April following the allegations, has denied the charges levelled against him.

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