anil deshmukh: Corruption case: Court rejects CBI plea, remands Deshmukh, two aides, Waze in judicial custody

A special court in Mumbai on Saturday dismissed the Central Bureau of Investigation’s plea for three more days’ custody of former Maharashtra Home Minister and NCP leader Anil Deshmukh in a corruption case.

Stating that adequate custody has already been granted to the CBI and the grounds mentioned in the remand application were “good and not satisfactory”, the court granted Deshmukh, his aides Sanjeev Palande and Kundan Shinde as well as sacked policeman Sachin Waje to 14 days. I was sent on remand. judicial custody.

Deshmukh and two of his associates were in judicial custody following their arrest by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case, while Vaze was in judicial custody after being arrested in the Antilia bomb and Mansukh deer murder case.

Earlier this month, all the accused were remanded to the custody of the Central Bureau of Investigation in a corruption case and were produced before Special CBI Judge DP Shingde on Saturday after their remand expired.

The CBI sought three more days of Deshmukh’s custody, not pressing for extension of the remands of Veje, Palande and Shinde. However, rejecting the CBI’s plea, the court sent the four accused to judicial custody.

Special Public Prosecutor Ratandeep Singh, representing the CBI, told the court that during the previous police custody, the accused were further interrogated and they came face to face with other witnesses/accused in the case.

The CBI further told the court that one of the charges against Deshmukh pertains to corruption in the transfer/posting of police officers and officers who allegedly managed the transfer/posting by paying bribes, they should be identified and faced. should be done, the CBI further told the court.

“Therefore, further police custody of Deshmukh is compulsorily required for three days for interrogation and confrontation with other witnesses/suspects for the purpose of investigation,” the SPP said.

Deshmukh’s counsel Aniket Nikam opposed the probe agency’s plea, saying that this is the reason why Deshmukh needs to be produced along with co-accused and others, which was also mentioned in the previous two remand petitions.

Nikam said, “Deshmukh has been in his custody for eleven days. How many times has he confronted other witnesses along with him? He will have to disclose in the court. This is just a proxy reason cited for further detention,” Nikam said. ” “virtuous”.

“The remand application is absolutely silent on how many people have been confronted. They don’t even care to change the setting of the paragraph (of the remand application). The law is very clear on this. They have to show real progress. Remand not granted Can go crazy,” Nikam further told the court.

Nikam said that the CBI was seeking the remand of a 73-year-old man as it wanted to extract any kind of confession, which is unacceptable in the eyes of law.

Nikam said Deshmukh should be sent to judicial custody in view of his health and also because the remand report is “conservative”.

After hearing both the sides, the judge sent Deshmukh, Palande, Shinde and Vaze to judicial custody, ruling that “sufficient CBI custody of accused Anil Deshmukh has already been granted”.

The court said that relevantly, in the earlier remand applications, the CBI had based on their grounds for seeking Deshmukh’s custody as per the allegations in the FIR regarding exercise of influence on the transfer and posting of officers and the said grounds Considering this, CBI custody was granted.

“Therefore, in my view, since sufficient CBI custody was granted, the grounds for further custody of accused Anil Deshmukh in the remand application are not sound and satisfactory,” the court said.

Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh had alleged in March last year that the then Home Minister Deshmukh had given a target to police officers to recover Rs 100 crore per month from restaurants and bars in the city. Deshmukh has denied the allegations.

The CBI had registered the FIR last April after conducting a preliminary inquiry against Deshmukh following an order of the Bombay High Court. The NCP leader resigned from the state cabinet following the High Court order.

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