Mumbai: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a charge sheet against former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh in an alleged corruption and extortion case. The charge sheet states that the former Maharashtra home minister misused his position as a public representative. According to the charge sheet, Deshmukh played a key role in the restoration of Sachin Vaze after 16 years of suspension. Vaze was made the head of the Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU) of the Mumbai Police just because he was an assistant police inspector. He was entrusted with the task of carrying out several major investigations so that extortion could be made through him. The Enforcement Directorate's investigation also reveals that Deshmukh used to call Vaze regularly for briefings of several cases and giving further directions.
The same Enforcement Directorate investigation revealed that Deshmukh had directed Sachin Vaze to recover money from 1,750 bars and restaurants across Mumbai. After Deshmukh's instructions, Vaze used to harass the bar owners and was pressurising the bar owners to pay Rs 3-3 lakh in the corona pandemic. Vaze raised Rs 4.70 crore from orchestra bar owners from December 2020 to February 2021.
Deshmukh's personal secretary Kundan Shinde was an old and trusted man who played a key role in Deshmukh's behalf in raising Rs 4.70 crore in cash from Sachin Vaze. Vaze has admitted in his statement to the Enforcement Directorate and said he had handed over the cash to Shinde in the direction of Deshmukh. Shinde is a member of the Sri Sai Shikshan Sansthan, where the recovery amount was kept. One of the perpetrators of the Enforcement Directorate case, Suryakant Palande, who worked as Deshmukh's personal secretary, played a key role in the transfer posting of police officers, recovery from orchestra bars, on the directions of Anil Deshmukh. According to information, Palande assisted Deshmukh in money laundering, which was also confirmed by the police officers who were called for a meeting at Deshmukh's official residence, Dnyaneshwari.