Money Laundering Case: Anil Deshmukh’s Personal Secretary Said ED Arrested Him Without Giving Him An Opportunity To Respond To Notice | Bombay News

MUMBAI: Former Personal Secretary (PS) to Maharashtra’s former Interior Minister Anil Deshmukh Sanjeev Palande told a special court on Monday through his lawyer that the Enforcement Directorate ( ED) had arrested him in the money laundering case without allowing him to respond to the advice issued to him.
Palande, another collector-rank officer, was arrested by the ED on June 26 in connection with the money laundering case involving Deshmukh.
Palande, who is currently in judicial custody, recently filed for bail.
Pleading in Palande’s favor, his lawyer Shekhar Jagtap told court on Monday that the former was arrested the same day his house was searched.
Jagtap argued that the ED arrested Palande without even allowing him to respond to the notice sent to him.
He added that the ED raided Palande’s residence on the same day as Deshmukh’s house and offices.
“Palande and Deshmukh both received notifications under section 41A of the Code of Criminal Procedure, but Palande was unable to respond to the notification and was arrested,” Jagtap said.
“The plaintiff (Palande) was arrested by the ED as if incriminating material had been found in his home,” he said, adding that Palande was an honest bureaucrat and there is no evidence that ‘only one cent has reached him.
Another defendant arrested in this case, Kundan Shinde, who worked as an assistant to Deshmukh (AP), had also applied for bail.
Shinde’s attorney, Ejaz Khan, argued that his client was only implicated in the case on the basis of the statement made by Mumbai police officer Sachin Waze.
Khan argued that Waze’s statement cannot be relied on as his good faith is in doubt as he is accused and behind bars in another case.
The court will continue to hear bail applications on September 29.
The ED had opened an investigation against Deshmukh and his associates after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed an FIR against the leader of the NCP on April 21 for corruption and abuse of official position.
The federal agency against money laundering has so far arrested two people in this case, namely Sanjeev Palande and Kundan Shinde.
The agency had filed its complaint (amounting to an indictment) against the duo in a special court last month.
The CBI had filed its FIR against Deshmukh after conducting a preliminary investigation against the NCP leader following a High Court order on April 5.
Deshmukh resigned from his post as interior minister on April 5 but denied any wrongdoing.

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