Damning Observation of Special Court against ex-Maharashtra HM

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Mumbai: A special court, while hearing the Law Enforcement Directorate (ED) indictment against NCP leader Anil Deshmukh and his sons, said the former interior minister of Maharashtra “has been actively integrating its unaccounted money into the banking system since 2011”.

PMLA Special Judge RN Rokade saw it on Friday and the detailed copy was made available on Monday. Judge Rokade said in the order that Deshmukh “laundered his unaccounted cash money” worth Rs 10.42 crore into the bank account of his NGO Shri Sai Shikshan Sanstha under the guise of donations by l intermediary of paper companies based in Delhi.

The ED indictment is an addendum filed last December. The first indictment, filed in August 2021, also named fired cop Sachin Waze, Deshmukh’s personal secretary Sanjeev Palande and his PA Kundan Shinde among the defendants.

Regarding the role of Deshmukh’s son, Hrishikesh, the order said that with the help of New Delhi-based front companies, he “assisted his father in laundering Rs 1.71 crore in February and March 2020. This money , the court heard, was the bribe collected from the owners of the band bars and were presented as accounted for.The court called Hrishikesh, 34, an “active participant” in laundering the “proceeds of crime “.

Regarding the role of Deshmukh’s son Salil, the court said the 40-year-old was “directly involved in the money laundering offense and assisted his father and brother in it”.

The court said the Deshmukh siblings were instrumental in raising bogus capital for particular businesses controlled by bogus administrators, and the capital was used to purchase land in the name of Ms Premier Port Links Pvt . ltd. They then acquired shares in that company for a meager amount and became 50% owners of the company’s assets, the court said.

Judge Rokade said all of the defendants named in the indictment were “directly and knowingly” involved in money laundering. The order said that upon reading the complaint and the various documents on file, it appears that a prima facie case is established against them.

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Posted: Tuesday 01 February 2022, 07:00 IST

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