Former Maharashtra minister Anil Deshmukh — arrested in a corruption case earlier this month — was sent to judicial custody for 14 days today. The special court, however, turned down his request for home-cooked meals. “You eat jail food first. If not, then I will consider,” the judge said.
The court, however, accepted his appeal for a bed in view of his medical condition.
Mr Deshmukh, the former Home Minister of Maharashtra, was arrested on November 2 in connection with a case of money laundering. The Enforcement Directorate made the arrest after questioning him for 12 hours at their office in Mumbai.
The Enforcement Directorate initiated investigation against Mr Deshmukh after the Central Bureau of Investigation filed a corruption case against him in April. The money laundering case was made out after the former Mumbai police Parambir Singh’s Rs 100 crore bribery allegation.
The agency argues that Mr Deshmukh had misused his position as the home minister and collected Rs 4.70 crore from bars and restaurants of the city with the help of dismissed police officer Sachin Waze.
Mr Deshmukh has denied all allegations of wrongdoing and argued that the agency’s case was just based on malicious statements made by a tainted cop (Sachin Waze).
Mr Deshmukh had stepped down from his post earlier this year amid a row over bribery allegations by Parambir Singh, who is currently missing.
The officer faces similar allegations in cases filed by the Mumbai Police and the state’s Anti-Corruption Bureau.