The Supreme Court on Monday has adjourned the hearing of a plea filed by former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh seeking protection from â€œcoercive actionâ€ in a money laundering case for July 30.
The Bench headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar adjourned the hearing today and said it would hear the plea on Friday at 2 pm the plea of Deshmukh.
The apex court asked the counsel of Deshmukh to give a copy of the petition to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the state of Maharashtra.
Deshmukh who is being probed by the ED in a case of alleged extortion from orchestra bars in the state. Deshmukh had skipped the previous summons by the agency to present himself.
Earlier on June 25, the ED had raided Deshmukh’s residences in Nagpur and Mumbai. Raids were conducted at five places. After the raids, Deshmukh had said that former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh had made false allegations against him after he was removed from the post over his suspicious role. The ED has alleged that Rs 4.7 crore collected from orchestra bars by dismissed cop Sachin Waze, allegedly on Deshmukh’s instructions, was transferred to the former minister’s Nagpur-based educational trust by his son, who routed it via two hawala operators and showed it as a donation.