Mumbai A special PMLA court has issued summons to both the sons of former state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh in a money laundering case. The court has ordered Deshmukh, his two sons Hrishikesh and Sahil besides others to appear in the case on April 5. Special PMLA Court Judge R.N. Rokade noted the chargesheet filed by the ED against Deshmukh and his sons as well as other accused in the case during the last hearing. The court, meanwhile, initiated a trial against all the accused. Taking it further, the court on Friday directed the accused in the case to appear before it on April 5.

According to the ED, Deshmukh abused his official position as home minister of the state and embezzled crores of rupees from various bars and restaurants in Mumbai by sacked police officer Sachin Waje. The investigating agency also claimed that the money was diverted by the Nagpur-based Shri Sai Education Trust, which is run by Deshmukh’s family.

The game of transferring police officers in Maharashtra
Ravi Watkar, OSD to former state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, said in a statement to the ED that Anil Deshmukh, Environment Minister Anil Parab and the concerned police commissioner were using the names of police inspectors for transfer and posting for privacy and confidentiality. There are meetings. No record of these meetings was kept. In the chargesheet filed against Anil Deshmukh in the money laundering case, the ED has made several people witnesses. Ravi Watkar is also in it. Watker told the ED that his job was to prepare a transfer list of police inspector rank officers. He claims that Anil Parab himself used to meet Dhaneshwari, Sahyadri or Deshmukh in the ministry and talk to them about the list of Shiv Sena’s recommendations regarding transfer and posting of officers.

There were many recommendations for transfer
When the ED questioned Watkar about his role in compiling the list of transfers of police officers in Maharashtra, he said, “Former Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, Maharashtra ministers, MLAs, MLCs and party representatives have received many recommendations for transfers of police officers. Assigning the task of classifying and listing, he said, “On Deshmukh’s instructions, I was sending a verbal order regarding his police transfer to the Police Establishment Board (PEB) to take further necessary action on these recommendations.”

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