According to sources, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) would seek custody of Maharashtra’s former Home Minister Anil Deshmukh in connection with a corruption investigation.
The CBI would file an application before the court requesting Anil Deshmukh’s custody after the Enforcement Directorate’s custody of him expires, India Today has learned.
Anil Deshmukh is being held in ED custody until November 12 in connection with a money laundering investigation.
The CBI wants to question Anil Deshmukh about his suspected role in the ‘cash for transfer’ case, according to sources. Several police personnel in Maharashtra are said to have been shifted to better posts in exchange for money.
Santosh Shankar Jagtap, an alleged middleman, was arrested by the CBI on October 31 as part of the agency’s investigation into the transfer posting (of police officers), in which it was alleged that a few cops and politicians close to then-state home minister Deshmukh took money to transfer certain police officers in Maharashtra.
An IPS officer, Rashmi Shukla, had conducted technological surveillance on six people and filed a report against senior politicians, middlemen, and police personnel who reportedly sought postings for themselves. The suspected police officials allegedly paid money to middlemen for transfers and postings while working closely with politicians, according to the investigation.
Devendra Fadnavis, a BJP politician, distributed the report’s cover letter. Following this, concerns were raised as to whether Rashmi Shukla had obtained clearance to spy on the six cops. Shukla obtained approval from the then-Additional Chief Secretary of the State Home Department, according to Fadnavis.
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