A special court designated under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) on Wednesday remanded Sadanand Kadam to judicial custody. Kadam, a close associate of Shiv Sena (UBT) leader and former minister Anil Parab, was arrested last week in a money laundering case involving a resort in Ratnagiri.
𝗘𝗗 𝗱𝗶𝗱 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝘀𝗲𝗲𝗸 𝗳𝘂𝗿𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗰𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗱𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗞𝗮𝗱𝗮𝗺
Special PMLA judge MG Deshpande remanded Kadam in judicial custody when he was produced before the special court on Wednesday, as the Enforcement Directorate (ED) did not seek further custody of the 55-year-old after its four-day custody of Kadam ended.
𝗞𝗮𝗱𝗮𝗺 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝗿𝗿𝗲𝗴𝘂𝗹𝗮𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝘁 𝗣𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗯'𝘀 𝗯𝗲𝗵𝗲𝘀𝘁: 𝗘𝗗
Kadam was arrested on Friday night in the money laundering case and the agency had on Saturday sought 14-day custody for Kadam before an in charge court. The ED had claimed that Parab had contacted Kadam as he wanted to purchase land in Ratnagiri and that, thereafter, Kadam had committed irregularities at Parab’s behest. The irregularities included pressuring government officials to change the land-use from agricultural to non-agricultural and construction of a resort in the ecologically sensitive no-development area that falls under the Coastal Regulatory Zone.
𝗛𝗖 𝗼𝗿𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀 𝗻𝗼 𝗰𝗼𝗲𝗿𝗰𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗴𝗮𝗶𝗻𝘀𝘁 𝗣𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗯
The agency had on Tuesday arrested sub-divisional officer Jayram Deshpande, who was produced before the special court the same day and remanded in the ED’s custody till Saturday.
Parab had, meanwhile, approached the Bombay High Court seeking protection from arrest in the case and also sought that the ED’s case be quashed. On Tuesday, the high court directed the agency not to take any coercive action against him till March 20.
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