ED opened an investigation against Anil Deshmukh and his associates after the CBI filed its FIR against the NCP chief on April 21 on charges of corruption and abuse of official position
A Scorpion with explosives was found near Mukesh Ambani’s residence in southern Mumbai on February 25. Mansukh Hiran, who was in possession of the vehicle, was found dead in Mumbra Creek in Thane on March 5. During the investigation, the NIA took over the case. Maharashtra Police Officer Sachin Vaze was arrested and Mumbai Police Chief Param Bir Singh removed from his post. After former Interior Minister Anil Deshmukh gave an interview to a Marathi newspaper about serious police misconduct, Mr Singh wrote a letter to Chief Minister Udhav Thackeray alleging that the former was corrupt. The ED opened an investigation against Deshmukh and his associates after the CBI filed its FIR against the NCP chief on April 21 for corruption and abuse of official position.
Chronology of events :
February 25, 2021 – FIR was recorded on a vehicle loaded with explosives was detected near Antilia, residence of industrialist Mukesh Ambani.
March 5, 2021 – Mansukh Hiren, owner of the vehicle was found dead.
March 8, 2021 – The case was transferred from the Maharashtra police to the National Investigation Agency.
March 13, 2021 – Subsequently, Deputy Police Inspector Sachin Vaze was arrested in both cases as currently at Taloja Central Prison.
March 17, 2021 – The incumbent police commissioner, Param Bir Singh, was transferred and assigned as the general commander of the interior guards and civil defense.
March 18, 2021 – Former Interior Minister Anil Deshmukh gave an interview to a Marathi newspaper about serious police failings in the Antilia case investigation.
March 20, 2021 – Mr Singh wrote a letter to Chief Minister Udhav Thackeray alleging corruption cases of Rs 100 crore against former Home Secretary Anil Deshmukh.
March 21, 2021 – Mr. Singh has filed a public interest dispute in the Bombay High Court requesting an investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into Mr. Deshmukh’s malpractice.
March 21, 2021 – Dr Jaishri Patil, a lawyer, filed a complaint with the Anti-Corruption Bureau to register an FIR on Mr Singh’s letter against Mr Deshmukh.
March 23, 2021 – After no action was taken on the complaint, Dr Patil filed a petition with the High Court asking the CBI / Enforcement Directorate (ED) to investigate.
April 5, 2021 – The High Court ordered the CBI to conduct a preliminary investigation against Mr Deshmukh and submit a report within 15 days.
April 20, 2021 – A preliminary investigation was carried out and subsequently an FIR was registered by CBI.
May 11, 2021 – ED filed a complaint against Mr. Deshmukh.
May 19, 2021 – Mr. Vaze’s statement was recorded, stating that he was ordered to collect ₹ 3 lakh per month from bars and restaurants by Mr. Deshmukh.
May 25, 2021 – ED searched six residential and business premises of Mr. Deshmukh in Nagpur, Ahmedabad and Mumbai.
June 16, 2021 – ED conducted research in New Delhi in the Deshmukh family paper companies.
June 25, 2021 – ED sent the first summons to Mr. Deshmukh to join the investigation.
June 26, 2021 – Mr. Deshmukh’s personal secretary and private assistant were arrested after recording their statements.
June 28, 2021– ED issued a second summons to Mr. Deshmukh to appear before the agency.
July 2, 2021 – ED issued a third summons to Mr. Deshmukh.
July 30, 2021 – ED issued a fourth summons to Mr. Deshmukh.
Aug 16, 2021 – ED issued a fifth summons to Mr. Deshmukh. On the same day, he asked the Supreme Court to quash the denied subpoena.
October 29, 2021 – He then moved the High Court, but the court refused to quash the subpoena.
November 1, 2021 – Mr. Deshmukh appeared before ED and was questioned for 12 hours and then arrested.
November 2, 2021 – A special court under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act placed Mr. Deshmukh in pre-trial detention until November 6.