Former Home Minister of Maharashtra, Anil Deshmukh has been arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) late Monday night after over 12 hours of questioning at its office at Ballad Estate, Mumbai in connection with a money laundering case.
After evading summons sent by the ED for months, the 71-year-old had appeared before the agency to record his statement three days after his plea to cancel the agency’s summons was rejected by the Bombay High Court.
Deshmukh had stepped down earlier this year from his position after he was accused of extortion and corruption by Mumbai’s former police commissioner Param Bir Singh. released a video statement on Monday wherein he said that “All allegations against me are false. I’m today appearing before the ED, let the truth prevail, Satyamev Jayate.”
Earlier, the ED had arrested two people – Deshmukh’s private secretary Sanjeev Palande and personal assistant Kundan Shinde in the case who had been allegedly helping Deshmukh and his son Hrishikesh with money laundering.