Maharashtra: Amid raids, NCP netas show support for Anil Deshmukh | Mumbai News – Times of India


MUMBAI: Acting on specific information, an ED team flew to Nagpur for a confidential operation and raided the residences of former home minister Anil Deshmukh at two places in the district on Sunday. Neither Deshmukh nor his family was found at his house in Katol or his ancestral home in Vadvihira, the two premises raided.
Deshmukh is an NCP MLA from Katol, and many party politicians stood outside the raided premises there in a show of support. Similar support was seen at his Vadvihira and Nagpur homes.
So far, the ED has issued three summons to Deshmukh and his son Hrishikesh, asking them to appear at its zonal office in south Mumbai for their statement in the case, but father and son have both kept citing various reasons to avoid making an appearance. The ED also issued summons last week to Deshmukh’s wife Aarti, who cited health and old age to avoid appearing before the ED.
Last week, in the first major action in the case, the ED attached Deshmukh’s assets, a flat in Worli here and land in Uran collectively worth Rs 4.2 crore, going by the purchase value. The Worli flat is worth Rs 1.54 crore and is in the name of Deshmukh’s wife. The 25 land parcels in Uran taluka of Raigad district have a 2006 purchase price of Rs 2.67 crore and are in the name of Premier Port Links Pvt Ltd, a company in which Deshmukh’s sons, Hrishikesh and Salil, have controlling stakes.
Sources said the market value of the Uran land parcels is over Rs 300 crore. ED sources said that since they are yet to trace the money Deshmukh allegedly collected from dismissed assistant police inspector Sachin Waze through his personal staff, they have attached his other properties of similar worth.
The ED is investigating a laundering case against Deshmukh following allegations that he had asked Waze to extort Rs 100 crore from bar owners every month.
(With inputs from Soumitra Bose in Nagpur)

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