Maharashtra: ED conducts multiple raids in money laundering case


The Enforcement Directorate (ED) conducted several raids in Maharashtra on Thursday regarding a money laundering case filed against state transport minister Anil Parab and others who were involved in alleged irregularities in a land deal in Ratnagiri district’s coastal Dapoli area including other charges. 

As many as seven locations in Pune and Mumbai of Maharashtra minister and Shiv Sena leader Anil Parab were raided. The raids were carried out after the agency filed a case under the criminal sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

Parab’s official as well as a private residence were raided. In September 2021, Parab appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in Mumbai for questioning in connection with the bribery and money laundering case against the former home minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Anil Deshmukh. 

In its charge-sheet against Deshmukh’s two arrested aides, the ED last year said dismissed assistant police inspector Sachin Vaze, in his statement, claimed Parab allegedly received crores of rupees through Nagpur’s deputy regional transport officer Bajrang Kharmate as a bribe for transfers of 10 police officers in Mumbai.

The ED earlier questioned Kharmate for seven-and-a-half hours. Kharmate is believed to be a close aide to Parab. His name surfaced in the case following statements of some witnesses in the Prevention of Money Laundering Act case against Deshmukh.

On April 8 this year, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the Bombay High Court stated that Deshmukh was the “mastermind” behind the money laundering case and that he had misused his official position to amass wealth. 

(With inputs from ANI)


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