New Delhi, Jun 29 (UNI): Former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh on Tuesday sought exemption from personnel appearance before the Enforcement Directorate in connection with a money laundering case citing Covid-19 pandemic and age-related ailments.
The former minister said that he is ready to get his statement recorded on audio/visual mode of any nature of the probe agency’s choice.
“In terms of your earlier summons and requirement of documents, please supply me copy of ECIR and/or list of documents so that I can render effective assistance,” Deshmukh’s letter to the ED read.
The probe agency is yet to react on the request.
He also alleged that on June 26, he was exposed to many ED officials without maintaining proper social distancing and that the agency has already recorded his statement for several hours the same day.
Deshmukh was asked to appear before the ED for questioning today in a money laundering case related to an alleged multi-crore bribery-cum-extortion racket that led to his resignation in April, officials said.
The 71-year-old Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader was asked to depose before the investigating officer at the agency office in Ballard Estate in Mumbai by 1100 hrs on June 29.