Anil Deshmukh: 14 and counting: MVA Netas faces ED, CBI and tax probes

At least 14 Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) leaders are under investigation by central agencies including the Enforcement Directorate (ED), the Income Tax Division (IT) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Two of these leaders were arrested by the ED. Most investigations were initiated after the MVA formed the government in Maharashtra.

Anil Deshmukh

NCP. Ex-Maharashtra Interior Minister

Agencies: ED, CBI, IT

Deshmukh was arrested on November 2 last year in connection with a racketeering case after allegedly demanding 100 cr “lucky money” from orchestral bars and restaurants for “running them smoothly”. On December 29, ED filed an additional indictment in the case against Deshmukh, calling him the “primary mover” in the case. ED said its investigation found that at least 13 companies directly controlled by Deshmukh family members and at least 14 controlled by the family, close associates, were used for the purpose of “infusing Deshmukh’s ill-gotten gains”.

Deshmukh is also under investigation along with his family members in a corruption case. Aside from extortion allegations, the CBI is also investigating Deshmukh for “abuse” of his post when he was Maharashtra’s Home Secretary.

Anil Parab

NCP. Transport Minister of Maharashtra

Agencies: ED, CBI, IT

Parab is being investigated in a money laundering case registered against Deshmukh and others in connection with the transfer and secondment of police officers. The ED had attached to its prosecution complaint the statement of fired Mumbai police officer Sachin Waze, who had claimed that, in addition to NCP leader Deshmukh, he had received “instructions from time to time” from Parab to take bribes.

In March, the IT department announced that it had found 6 crore of unbooked cash transactions spent on building a resort by Parab.

Varsha Raut and Sanjay Raut

Shiv Sena. Member, Rajya Sabha

Agencies: ED, IT

The ED said that while investigating a money laundering case against jailed HDIL promoters Rakesh and Sarang Wadhawan, it traced certain transactions involving Raut’s wife Varsha. According to the agency, the investigation conducted so far has revealed that around 100 crore was transferred from HDIL to the account of arrested defendant Pravin Raut. The investigation revealed that in 2010 Varsha Raut received part of the alleged proceeds of crime amounting to 83,000 directly or indirectly from Madhuri, Pravin Raut’s wife. This amount was allegedly used by Raut to buy an apartment in Dadar. Following the initiation of the ED investigation, ’55 lakh were remitted from Raut to Madhuri Raut, the ED said. It has attached the apartment and eight plots of land in Alibaug, a haven on the outskirts of Mumbai.

Ajit Pawar

NCP. Deputy Prime Minister

Agencies: ED, IT

The ED has investigated Ajit Pawar in the irrigation fraud and the fraud inflicted on the Maharashtra State Cooperative Bank (MSCB). The agency has seized assets of Jarandeshwar Sahkari Sugar Karkhana (SSK), a cooperative sugar factory in Koregaon, Satara, Maharashtra, in connection with its MSCB money laundering investigation.

The IT department has investigated Pawar and his family members for alleged tax evasion and under the Benami Real Estate Transaction Prohibition Act (PBPTA) of 1988. Last year, the department reported and provisionally seized four assets.

According to the department, searches conducted at 70 locations turned up unrecorded and Benami transactions totaling 1.84 million.

Sharad Pawar

NCP chief

Agencies: ED

The ED is investigating the role of more than 70 politicians, including 50 from the NCP, nine from Congress, two from Shiv Sena and one from the BJP, in the MSC Bank fraud. While Deputy CM Ajit Pawar is named as a defendant in the FIR, his uncle, NCP Patriarch Sharad Pawar, is not named in the case registered by the Metropolitan Police. However, he is being investigated by the central office. Pawar “voluntarily” visited ED’s Mumbai headquarters but was stopped at the gate.

Praful Patel

NCP. Former Union Minister

Agencies: ED

A firm linked to Praful Patel and his family members has been investigated in a terror financing case linked to former ED mobster Iqbal Memon aka Iqbal Mirchi. In October 2019, the agency had questioned Patel in the case in relation to a title deed involving Millennium Developers owned by the NCP leader. According to ED’s documents viewed by ET, on February 21, 2007, Millennium Developers signed a deed with “tenants” Hajra Memon, Iqbal’s widow and their children Asif and Junaid, for a unit at Ceejay House in Mumbai.

Ashok Chavan

Congress. PWD Minister

Agencies: CBI, IT and ED

Both ED and IT are investigating Chavan for his alleged role in the Adarsh ​​CHS scam. Recently, the IT department conducted searches of buildings associated with the cabinet minister in connection with a loan to a sugar factory. The agency had also searched construction companies linked to the minister for alleged tax evasion.

Hasan mushroom

NCP. Minister of Rural Development and Labor in the Government of Maharashtra

Agencies: MCA

The MCA is investigating a Pune-based sugar factory where Mushrif’s family members are directors. The investigation allegedly found that Pune-based Sar Senapati Santaji Ghorpade Sugar Factory Ltd, controlled by Mushriff’s family members, allegedly violated corporate governance norms and indulged in fraud and alleged irregularities. Rajat Consumers Services Pvt Ltd became a shareholder in the company between 2012 and 2013 and subscribed for 11.8 million shares at a value of Rs 10 each. However, the profit and loss account filed by the company shows that the income from the operation was Rs 4.33 lakh, the results revealed.

Nawab Malik

NCP

Agencies: ED , NIA

In February, the ED arrested the Minister for Minority Affairs of the state of Maharashtra in a money laundering case involving Dawood Ibrahim, mastermind of the 1993 Mumbai attacks. According to the agency, Malik and Haseena Parkar, Ibrahim’s late sister, “planned to usurp a property (in the Mumbai suburbs).” Malik took control of Solidus Investments Pvt Ltd controlled by Parkar’s aide and became a tenant of the property under investigation. Malik then condoned bombings with Parkar and Mumbai in 1993 and condemned Sardar Khan and took illegal control of the property, the ED had told the court.

Other prominent MVA leaders under investigation by central authorities include Pratap Sarnaik, Bhavana Gawali and Yashwant and Yamini Jadhav.

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