Pune : deccan express – A bench of the Bombay High Court has given permission to the Central Bureau of Investigation to question former chief secretary Sitaram Kunte and Director General of Police Sanjay Pandey in connection with the Rs 100 crore extortion case involving former home minister Anil Deshmukh.
A bench of Justices Nitin Jamdar and Sarang Kotwal rejected a petition filed by the state government against the summons issued to Kunte and Pandey.
Deshmukh received a major jolt on Sunday. The HC had remanded him to ED’s custody till December 12 and declared an order issued by a special court remanding him to 14-day judicial custody as null and void.
Deshmukh had been arrested on November 1 after questioning by the Enforcement Directorate. When he was produced in the court on Saturday, he was remanded to 14-day judicial custody.
Later, he was taken to Arthur Road jail. However, the ED had also sought his custody. A petition was filed in the HC against the decision to grant him 14-day judicial custody.
The ED had claimed in the petition that the probe was at a crucial juncture and hence, the agency wanted his custody to be extended. However, Deshmukh was remanded to judicial custody.
The agency has claimed that Deshmukh was directly involved in the money laundering racket and it suspects that there is a foreign link to the case.
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