The Directorate of Enforcement (ED) has issued a look-out circular against NCP leader Anil Deshmukh, who resigned as home minister of Maharashtra in April this year. The notice was issued in connection with a Rs 100 crore money laundering case that had forced him to relinquish his ministerial post.
The lookout circular was intended to prevent Mr Deshmukh from leaving the country, ED sources said. He skipped several subpoenas from the investigative agency.
Last month, the Supreme Court had refused to grant him a preliminary injunction against coercive measures in the case.
The ED’s case against Mr Deshmukh and others was registered after the CBI filed a corruption case based on an allegation of Rs 100 crore bribes collected by the 71-year-old. The allegation was made by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh.
Singh had made the charge after his removal from the post in the wake of an explosives-laden SUV found near industrial Mukesh Ambani’s residence in Mumbai. He wrote to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray saying that the then Home Secretary had asked the suspended agent Sachin Waze to extort more than Rs 100 crore a month from bars and restaurants in the city.
On April 21, the CBI registered an FIR against Mr. Deshmukh based on a Bombay High court order.
Deshmukh, who resigned from his post in April following the allegations, has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.
The ED had arrested Anil Deshmukh’s personal secretary and personal assistant after conducting raids against them and the NCP leader in Mumbai and Nagpur.
His son-in-law was previously questioned by the CBI about the leakage of an investigative report.