Anil Deshmukh

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has arrested former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh late Monday night in a money-laundering case.

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader was arrested after over 12 hours of questioning.

The money-laundering case is linked to an alleged extortion racket in the Maharashtra Police establishment.

A media report quoted officials as saying that 71-year-old Deshmukh was arrested as per the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

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Former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh was evasive during questioning, the officials said.

The Enforcement Directorate will seek Deshmukh’s custody after he is produced before a local court in Mumbai on Tuesday.

It has been reported that Deshmukh reached the ED office in the Ballard Estate area of south Mumbai around 11:40 AM.

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He was accompanied by his lawyer and associates.

After his arrival in the ED office, the sleuths of the agency continued to grill him for several hours and arrested the politician at night.

Deshmukh appeared before ED after the Bombay High Court last week refused to quash the summons.

The former Maharashtra home minister skipped at least 5 ED notices.

The CBI booked him in a corruption case related to allegations of at least Rs 100 crore bribery made by former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh after which the money laundering case was made out against Deshmukh and others.

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