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Updated on: Thursday, August 19, 2021, 04:23 PM IST

'Will personally go before ED and co-operate when...': Former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh after skipping summons by agency

Former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh  | ANI

Former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh | ANI

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Accused of corruption, former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Tuesday issuing a notification said his petition in the case of ED has been granted by the Supreme Court.

He wrote in thenotification, "My petition in the case of ED has been granted by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court will hear the petition soon. At the same time, the Supreme Court has allowed me to go to the lower court. So now that this court process is underway, I will personally go before the ED and co-operate fully with them once this court process is completed. Throughout my political and social life, I have always adhered to high ideals."

Meanwhile, Anil Deshmukh, and his son Hrishikesh skipped summons issued by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for the fifth time. A probe in on against the duo in connection with the money laundering case.

However, Deshmukh submitted a written response to the ED’s summons through his legal representative Inderpal B Singh on Wednesday. In his letter, Deshmukh said till the appropriate orders are passed by the courts where he seeks lawful remedies, his statement may be recorded through any electronic medium of the agency’s choice.

The ED had issued a fifth summon to Deshmukh and Hrishikesh on Tuesday, a day after the SC told Deshmukh to go to the appropriate court to seek interim relief.

On June 25, the ED had arrested Deshmukh’s personal secretary Sanjeev Palande and personal assistant Kundan Shinde under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

The Supreme Court too on Wednesday junked the Maharashtra government's plea against the CBI FIR naming former Home Minister Anil Deshmukh of the NCP, saying it cannot dilute the directions of a constitutional court which ordered the probe.

The Maharashtra government had sought removal of two paragraphs from the high court order, with regard to transfer and posting of police officers and reinstatement of the officer. Dismissing its petition, the top court stressed that the CBI needs to probe all aspects of the allegations and that those cannot be limited as it would be otherwise like denuding the powers of a constitution court.

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Published on: Thursday, August 19, 2021, 04:23 PM IST
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