The Enforcement Directorate (ED), which is probing a case pertaining to an alleged money laundering against former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, on Friday claimed to have found a money trail of Rs 4 crore.
This money is allegedly extorted from around a dozen bar owners by dismissed Assistant Police Inspector Sachin Vaze over a few months. ED sources alleged that the said money was then allegedly diverted to Deshmukh through some shell companies.
Following this revelation, ED officers conducted searches at Deshmukh’s residence in Nagpur, Mumbai and other places. The agency officials on Friday also made enquiries with Deshmukh’s personal secretary Sanjeev Palande and personal assistant Kundan Shinde to gather more information about the money trail.
An ED team also went to Taloja Jail on Friday and recorded Sachin Vaze’s statement for around two hours.