Anil Deshmukh, Maharashtra’s former Home Minister, was taken to Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai on Saturday after a Mumbai special court sentenced him to 14 days in judicial custody in a money laundering case.
After over 12 hours of questioning, Deshmukh was arrested by the ED late Monday night in the money laundering case tied to an alleged extortion racket in the state police department.
He was brought before P B Jadhav, an extra sessions judge, who remanded him in ED custody till November 6.
“The ED was requesting another nine-day extension of custody. We contended that the ground ED is offering today is identical to the ground they presented at the previous hearing. As a result, their request was denied, and Deshmukh was placed in judicial custody “Anil Deshmukh’s lawyer, Vikram Chaudhary, stated in a statement.
According to the ED, Deshmukh abused his official position as home minister by collecting 4.70 crores from various pubs and eateries in Mumbai through infamous officer Sachin Waze.
The ED’s case is based on a corruption FIR filed by the CBI against Deshmukh, in which ex-Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh said that Deshmukh urged discharged constable Sachin Waze and two other cops to fraudulently collect Rs 100 crore from bar owners every month for him.