The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Saturday stated Kundan Shinde and Sanjeev Palande are “important cogs” within the wheels of the operations run by former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, who’s dealing with fees of running a multi-crore bribery-cum-extortion racket.
Shinde and Palande are shut aides of Anil Deshmukh. While Shinde is his private assistant, Palande is his private secretary.
The ED arrested Sanjeev Palande and Kundan Shinde late Friday night time after carrying out raids against them and Deshmukh in Mumbai and Nagpur.
Appearing earlier than a neighborhood courtroom to hunt custody of the duo, the ED alleged that they performed a significant function in fulfilling Anil Deshmukh’s demand of accumulating Rs 100 crore monthly for him by extorting bars and eating places in Mumbai.
After listening to the plea, the court sent Shinde and Palande to ED custody till July 1 for interrogation.
WHAT ED IS INVESTIGATING
At current, the ED is investigating two elements associated to Anil Deshmukh.
The first pertains to the alleged financial beneficial properties that he made by granting sure police officers switch postings of their alternative.
The second facet includes probe into the allegations levelled by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh that Deshmukh requested cops like dismissed cop Sachin Vaze to gather cash for him.
WHAT ED TOLD COURT
In its 10-page remand plea, the Enforcement Directorate instructed the courtroom that it has recorded statements of householders and managers of bars.
As per these statements, the ED alleged, Sachin Vaze (then head of Crime Investigation Unit) held a gathering with house owners/managers of bars at his workplace. This assembly was allegedly held to tell them about Deshmukh’s demand of accumulating cash in trade for “smooth functioning” of their orchestra bars after restricted hours with out restrictions on efficiency artiste.
The ED has claimed that on behalf of 60 bar house owners, Jaya Poojari and Mahesh Shetty had paid Rs 40 lakh to Sachin Vaze in December 2020 as “good luck money”.
Similarly, Rs 1.64 crore was allegedly paid to Sachin Vaze on behalf of orchestra bars falling beneath Zone I to VII of Mumbai Police, Commissionerate. This quantity was paid in January and February.
Apart from these, Rs 2.66 crore was paid on behalf of bars falling inside Zone VIII to Zone XII.
The ED has alleged that in his conferences with the bar house owners, Sachin Vaze knowledgeable them that the quantity will go to “Number One”, alongwith Crime Branch and Social Service Branch of the Mumbai Police.
In this way, as head of the Crime Intelligence Unit, Sachin Vaze collected Rs 4.70 crore from numerous bars, the ED alleged.
The company recorded his assertion in May 2021. In it, he claimed he was “getting direct instructions from Anil Deshmukh” on a number of police investigations.
Besides this, Sachin Vaze additionally said that he was referred to as for a gathering at Anil Deshmukh’s residence the place he was given a listing of bars and restaurant house owners. He was allegedly requested to gather Rs 3 lakh monthly from every bar.
The ED has claimed that Sachin Vaze has additionally confessed to have collected Rs 4.70 crores from numerous bar house owners between December 2020 and February 2021, and handed over the quantity to Anil Deshmukh’s private assistant identical to Kundan Shinde in two instalments.
The company said that this reality was additionally confirmed by two police officers whose statements were recorded on this case. These officers additionally named Sanjeev Palande as being concerned within the extortion racket.
SHINDE AND PALANDE WERE ALSO INVOLVED: ED
Based on its investigation, the ED stated it has discovered that Kundan Shinde was instrumental in accumulating money from Sachin Vaze on behalf of Anil Deshmukh. Meanwhile, Sanjeev Palande was instrumental in passing on directions of Anil Deshmukh with regard to switch and postings of cops, and assortment of cash from bars.
The ED has alleged that its evaluation of the cash path that Shinde and Palande additionally obtained cash within the type of money and this must be additional investigation.
“The allegation of collection of around Rs 100 crore has been made in this case. Possibility of a foreign angle cannot be ruled out at this stage. Shinde and Palande have emerged as the important cog in the wheels,” the ED alleged.