The Enforcement Directorate raided former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh's residence in Nagpur on Friday in connection with an alleged money laundering case, reports said.
The search by the central agency comes against the backdrop of corruption allegations levelled against Deshmukh by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh.
Maharashtra: Enforcement Directorate (ED) raids former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh's residence in Nagpur, in connection with an alleged money laundering case.
In a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister, Singh claimed that the former minister directed police officers, including suspended cop Sachin Waze, to extort Rs 100 crore from bars and restaurants in Mumbai. Later, he also filed a petition before the Bombay High Court.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe was initiated after a high court bench, led by Chief Justice Dipankar Datta, in April directed the CBI to initiate a preliminary inquiry against Deshmukh based on a criminal complaint lodged at a Mumbai police station by lawyer Jaishri Patil. Searches were then conducted at the former minister and his close associates' residences.
Deshmukh had resigned from the state cabinet on August 5 after the high court ordered the CBI probe in the matter. "I don't have the moral right to continue in office after the court order. I have decided to quit. Kindly relieve me from my post," he had said in his resignation letter.
Earlier on Monday, the CBI told the Bombay High Court that the Maharashtra government was not cooperating" with the agency in its probe against former state home minister Anil Deshmukh.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, who appeared for the CBI, told the court that while the probe, initiated following a previous order of the high court, was a chance to clean up the entire state administration, the Maharashtra government was refusing to cooperate with the central agency.
(With agency inputs)
First Published: IST