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ED issues lookout circular against Anil Deshmukh

ED issues lookout circular against Anil Deshmukh


TCSN Desk ✍️

Mumbai 06 Sep 21

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has issued a look out notice against former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, who has skipped at least five summons issued by the agency in connection with a money laundering investigation against him.A look out circular is typically issued to prevent a person from leaving the country. 

Such a circular remains valid upto to a year or till the requesting law agency cancels or renews it.The ED is probing the financial transactions of Deshmukh and his family. According to a prosecution complaint (chargesheet) filed by the agency, Deshmukh, while acting as the home minister, “received illegal gratification of approximately Rs 4.7 crore in cash from various orchestra bar owners” through now dismissed Mumbai Police assistant inspector Sachin Waze, who has been arrested in the Ambani terror scare case.


According to the ED, Deshmukh’s family “laundered the tainted sum of Rs 4.18 crore and projected it as untainted by showing the same amount received by a trust, namely Shri Sai Shikshan Sanstha”.


Deshmukh had moved the Supreme Court against the ED probe, however the apex court did not grant him relief against the ED action. Subsequently, Deshmukh moved the Bombay High court seeking to quash the ED investigation.

In his reply to ED summons , Deshmukh has alleged that the probe against him is unfair. He has also asked the agency to record his statements in the case through video conference.