The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Friday (July 16) has provisionally attached assets worth around Rs 4 crore in connection with a money laundering case against former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh and others. The attached assets are in the form of one residential flat valued at Rs 1.54 crore, located in Mumbai's Worli and 25 land parcels of book value Rs 2.67 crore, located in Dhutum villages in Raigarh district of Maharashtra. Officials said a provisional attachment order has been issued under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The ED had earlier issued multiple summonses to Deshmukh, asking him to record his statement. However, the NCP leader, 72, had skipped the summons citing his "vulnerability" to Covid-19 as the reason for non-compliance. Deshmukh, his son Hrishikesh and wife were summoned by the federal probe agency for questioning but they skipped the summons refusing to depose. Earlier, the ED had arrested Deshmukh’s private secretary Sanjeev Palande and private assistant Kundan Shinde in connection with the case. A case has been registered against former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh for his alleged involvement in corruption and extortion case. The ED probe into Deshmukh’s financial transactions is in line with the CBI probe into former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh’s allegations of corruption against the NCP leader. Deshmukh has denied the allegations. Deshmukh has refuted the allegations and his lawyers have called the ED action against him unjustified, and the ex-minister recently approached the Supreme Court with a petition seeking protection from any coercive action by the ED. NOTE: Asianet News humbly requests everyone to wear masks, sanitize, maintain social distancing and get vaccinated as soon as eligible. Together we can and will break the chain #ANCares #IndiaFightsCorona 

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