Anand Daga was taken to Delhi, where he will be produced in a court along with CBI sub-inspector Abhishek Tiwari, who was arrested on Wednesday for leaking the agency’s preliminary investigation report on corruption charges.
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Published on Sep 02, 2021 11:49 AM IST
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has questioned former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh’s legal team member Anand Daga after a day-long investigation for allegedly trying to influence the agency’s probe into corruption charges against his client. is arrested. Daga was taken to Delhi, where he will be produced in a court along with CBI sub-inspector Abhishek Tiwari, who was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly leaking the agency’s preliminary investigation report on corruption charges. .
“Advocate (Daga) also arrested; He has been brought to Delhi on transit remand. Both the arrested persons will be produced before a competent court,” said CBI spokesperson RC Joshi.
The CBI registered the case on Wednesday after the contents of the report surfaced in a section of the media. It arrested Tiwari over the alleged leak and searched his residence and office. Tiwari is also suspected of allegedly taking bribes from Deshmukh’s team for allegedly manipulating the report.
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The CBI questioned Deshmukh’s son-in-law on Wednesday, but he was later released. But Daga was taken into custody for questioning and eventually arrested. The agency suspects that Daga tried to sabotage the investigation through a junior CBI officer, a federal agency official said.
The CBI conducted a preliminary inquiry against Deshmukh after the Bombay High Court order in April. The probe was ordered after former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh leveled corruption allegations against Deshmukh. In a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on March 20, Singh alleged that Deshmukh directed some Mumbai police officers to assemble ₹100 crores per month from hotel and bar owners. The CBI had registered a case against Deshmukh on April 21 after a preliminary inquiry, saying it had found substance in the allegations. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had also registered a money laundering case against Deshmukh.
The CBI has claimed that its investigation reveals that Deshmukh misused his position as the Home Minister of Maharashtra. This led to the arrest of Deshmukh’s private secretary. Sanjeev Palande and assistant Kundan Shinde were arrested on June 26 for their alleged involvement in the laundering of money allegedly extorted on the instructions of Deshmukh.
ED temporarily attached Deshmukh’s assets in July ₹4.2 crores. Deshmukh has dismissed the allegations against him as politically motivated. Singh later leveled them after the case relating to a car containing explosives parked near industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s residence was poorly handled and the vehicle owner died.