Mumbai, January 18:
In a setback to Anil Deshmukh, a special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court on Tuesday, rejected the former Maharashtra home minister's bail plea in the Rs 100 crore money laundering case.
Deshmukh, against whom the money laundering case was registered by ED after allegations of corruption against him were levelled by Param Bir Singh, approached special PMLA court for bail on January 4. He argued in his plea that though the agency had filed a charge-sheet against him, the court hadn’t taken cognisance of it, and hence, he should be granted default bail.
Under Section 167 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), a person who has been arrested can seek default bail if no charge-sheet is filed, and no cognisance is taken within 60 days of the arrest.
But, countering his charge, on January 5, the ED told this special court a charge-sheet was filed within 60 days of the NCP leader's arrest. It said that Deshmukh was arrested on November 2, 2021, under Section 19 of PMLA in accordance with the law, under reasonable belief that he was guilty of the offence of money laundering.
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On March 20 2021, Param Bir Singh wrote to Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray. In the letter, Singh accused the then state home minister Anil Deshmukh of instructing assistant inspector Sachin Vaze, since dismissed from Mumbai police, to collect Rs 100 crore each month from restaurants and bars in the state capital.
On May 11, 2021, the ED registered the money-laundering case against NCP leader on basis of a FIR filed against him by CBI on April 21.