CBI teams reach Arthur Road, Taloja prisons to take custody of Anil Deshmukh, Vaze | Bombay News


Mumbai: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has reached Arthur Road Jail to take into custody former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, his personal secretary Sanjeev Palande and his personal assistant Kundan Shinde as part of of a money laundering case. Meanwhile, another CBI team has reached Taloja Jail to take into custody the dismissed Mumbai police officer, Sachin Vaze, in connection with the same case.

The authorities of the two prisons confirmed that the administrative formalities for the surrender of the defendants were in progress.

On Friday, a special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court authorized the agency to take into custody Deshmukh, Palande and Shinde, all arrested by the Directorate of Law Enforcement (ED ) in the money laundering case against Deshmukh, from Arthur Road Prison where they are currently housed.

On Friday, a National Investigation Agency (NIA) Special Tribunal granted CBI the custody of the fired Mumbai police officer, Sachin Vaze, who has been incarcerated in Taloja Jail.

The PMLA court ordered the Superintendent of Arthur Road Jail to hand custody of Deshmukh, Palande and Shinde to the central agency. The NIA court issued a similar directive to the Superintendent of Taloja Prison in Navi Mumbai where Vaze is housed.

Vaze, 50, was arrested by the NIA on March 13, 2021, in connection with the Antilia explosives scare and the related murder of Thane-based auto accessories store owner Mansukh Hiran, while Deshmukh , 72, was arrested by the Law Enforcement Branch in a money laundering case. case against him, his son Hrishikesh and others.

CBI on Thursday obtained a production warrant to arrest the four. Based on the warrant, the agency moved the PMLA Special Court and the NIA Special Court on Friday, seeking permission to arrest them in connection with the corruption case filed against Anil Deshmukh on April 21, 2021. .

The CBI case is based on the corruption allegations made by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh. In a letter written to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on March 20, 2021, Singh alleged that Deshmukh ordered some police officers in Mumbai including Deputy Inspector Sachin Vaze to collect an amount of 100 crores every month in restaurants and bars in Mumbai.

ED registered a money laundering case against Deshmukh, his son Hrishikesh and others. On Deshmukh’s instructions, Vaze allegedly called a meeting of bar owners and, between December 2020 and February 2021, collected 4.7 crores from owners of orchestra bars in Mumbai to avoid police interference.

In his statement to ED, Vaze revealed that he gave the “extorted money” in two installments to Kundan Shinde.

On June 26, ED arrested Shinde and Deshmukh’s personal secretary, Sanjeev Palande, in the money laundering case, and on August 23 filed an indictment against them. Vaze is also a defendant in the indictment.

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