Updated: October 11, 2021 5:03:02 pm
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday searched the residences of former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh in Mumbai and Nagpur, in connection with its probe into the leak of its purported Preliminary Enquiry (PE) in the case against Deshmukh.
Last month, the CBI had arrested Deshmukh’s lawyer Anand Daga and its own sub-inspector Abhishek Tiwari for allegedly leaking the confidential PE report against Deshmukh. The report, signed by Investigating Officer DySP RS Gunjiyal, had said no cognizable offence was made out against Deshmukh.
The CBI probe against Deshmukh began after former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh alleged that the then home minister was forcing policemen to collect bribes on his behalf from bars and restaurants in the Maharashtra capital.
After the CBI FIR, the Enforcement Directorate had also booked Deshmukh and two of his aides in connection with a money laundering case. His aides Sanjay Palande and Kundan Shinde have been arrested and chargesheeted.
The ED has also moved a local court against Deshmukh as he has not appeared before the agency for questioning in a money laundering case despite five summons. The court has directed Deshmukh to appear before it on November 16.
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