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MUMBAI: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday interrogated former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh (72) for nearly five hours in the Rs 100-crore money-laundering case as his lawyer Inderpal Singh sat “at a visible distance”, as directed by the Bombay high court. Later, Singh told mediapersons that Deshmukh’s son Hrishikesh will also appear before the ED.
Hrishikesh, an accused in the case, had been evading questioning by the ED for months despite several summons. Deshmukh too had avoided five summons and appeared before the ED office on Monday unannounced after both the Bombay high court and Supreme Court refused to grant him relief.
The ED had arrested Deshmukh early Tuesday stating that he was not cooperating in the probe during the questioning. The same day, he was produced before a special holiday court, which remanded him into ED custody till Saturday.
On Thursday morning, ED officials took Deshmukh to a government hospital for routine medical examination and brought him back to their Ballard Estate office around 1.30pm. Half an hour later, they started questioning Deshmukh, which went on till 6pm.
The ED is investigating the money-laundering case based on the CBI FIR where former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh alleged that Deshmukh had asked now-dismissed API Sachin Waze to collect Rs 100 crore from bar owners every month. The ED remand stated that Deshmukh, by virtue of his position as state home minister, received around Rs 4.7 crore. Deshmukh’s CA, Sudhir Baheti, told the ED he had introduced Delhi-based hawala operators to Hrishikesh to legitimize the cash.

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