Maharashtra govt suspends Anil Deshmukh's ex-personal secretary over corruption case

About 3 months after his arrest, the Maharashtra government has suspended Sanjeev Palande, an additional collector-rank officer who was personal secretary to former State Home Minister Anil Deshmukh with regard to a corruption case.

It was on June 26 that Palande was arrested and is being investigated under the provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). A government order issued on September 16 mentioned that Palande was sent to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) custody on July 7 and then to judicial custody. He has spent more than 48 hours in custody and as per the Maharashtra Civil Services Rules, he stands suspended since the time of his arrest on June 26 till further orders. His  headquarters during his suspension period will be at Mumbai city district collectorate and he will not be able to leave Mumbai city district without prior permission of the collector, it said.

The order said the enforcement directorate has informed the state government about Mr. Palande's arrest and custody through a letter on August 31.

He was arrested in connection with money laundering charges against Deshmukh, an NCP leader. Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh had alleged that Mr. Deshmukh had asked police officer Sachin Waze to collect Rs100 crore from city bars and hotels every month, a charge which the former minister has denied.

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