In a new development, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday filed their first charge-sheet before the court against the former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh's personal assistant and secretary, in connection with a money laundering case probed by the agency.
Deshmukh's PA Kundan Shinde and personal secretary Sanjeev Palande were held by the nodal agency in June for their alleged role in the laundering of money on Deshmukh’s directions.
According to the ED sources, the officials have submitted details of the money that had been allegedly laundered through various shell companies in the chargesheet.
The agency had earlier claimed that Palande and Shinde were coordinating with now dismissed assistant police inspector Sachin Vaze and some other police officers to collect money illegally from bar owners. Both Palande and Shinde are currently in jail.
"Investigation under PMLA revealed that Anil Deshmukh, while acting as Home Minister of State of Maharashtra, with dishonest intention has received illegal gratification of approximately Rs 4.70 crore in cash from various orchestra bar owners, through Sachin Vaze, then Assistant Police Inspector of Mumbai Police. Further, with the help of Delhi-based dummy companies, Deshmukh family laundered the tainted money of Rs 4.18 crore and projected it as untainted by showing the same as amount received in the Trust namely Shri Sai Shikshan Sanstha," ED had claimed.
Deshmukh had skipped all five summons issued by the ED and had submitted a communication to the agency through his legal representative on August 2, stating that investigations being carried out by the ED were neither fair, nor just impartial.