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Conspiracy against Sanjay Raut exposed but Mallik and Deshmukh still shrugging in jail

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When the PMLA court pulled up the Enforcement Directorate for its “extraordinary pace in causing arrests and not even a snail’s speed in conducting trials” in its order granting bail to Shiv Sena (UBT) MP Sanjay Raut and his friend, businessman Pravin Raut, it was not the first time that special judge MG Deshpande made such strong remarks against the investigating agency.

Granting bail to Yes Bank founder Rana Kapoor in a money laundering case, the same judge said that ever since the special court for PMLA cases had been established, not a single money laundering case had been disposed of by judgment. “ED has not shown any active approach to begin the trials of the cases, which have been pending for a long. The court understands how the agencies are wrongly used against particular leaders to break their morale and also weaken the political parties.

Sanjay Raut is one of the vocal leaders of the MVA coalition of the Sena, Nationalist Congress Party and Congress. He is the one who got them to power against the irrational tantrums of the BJP. He was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the Patra Chawl redevelopment case on August 1 this year. A special court granted him bail on November 9. Raut has got nothing to do with the Chawl and its development project. Meanwhile, he was haunted by a lady whom he once not only helped with employment but many resources. She turned hostile due to her illicit intentions. Raut was kept in jail for three months but came out with more vigour and composure. 

This arrest was actually a blessing in disguise as there were many negative noises against him. Some Political leaders and alienated relations both created chaos in his life. For three months he was out of sight and things really changed for his betterment. The negative noises are shunned by the court orders. Now everyone knows how Raut was a victim of circumstances. This is what he was trying to convince all this while.

Nawab Malik the NAACP’s chief spokesperson and minority development minister in the MVA government was arrested by the ED in February 2022 over a two-decade-old property deal linked to Haseena Parkar, fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim’s sister. Vanab was very vocal against BJP and then the opposition party. He actually cracked down on the false arrest of Shah Rukh Khan’s son and exposed NCB head Sameer Wankhede. Mallik gave tough times to investigative agencies and BJP.

Anil Deshmukh, another NCP leader who was home minister in the MVA government, was arrested by the ED in November 2021, and subsequently by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in an alleged corruption case. Former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh had alleged in March 2021 that Deshmukh had asked police officials to collect Rs 100 crore every month from bars and restaurants in Mumbai. Deshmukh denied the allegations but stepped down as a minister later. No guilt is still proven against him.

He got bail from the Bombay High Court in the ED case in October, but could not walk out of prison as he is yet to get bail in the case registered by the CBI. The CBI told the Bombay High Court while opposing his bail plea recently that there were serious allegations of corruption, extortion and conspiracy against Deshmukh, and there is sufficient evidence to establish his involvement. Both the ED and CBI have filed charge sheets against him. The ED also assented to an application filed by dismissed police official Sachin Vaze to turn approver against Deshmukh.

The same thing happened in the case of Chagan Bhujbal, the media made many stories against him. ED and CBI made tall claims but no one could prove him corrupt or guilty, finally, he walked out of jail after two long years of imprisonment.

Vaze is the prime accused in the case of planting of explosives near industrialist Mukesh Ambani’s residence ‘Antilia’, and the subsequent murder of businessman and case witness Mansukh Hiran. Those days Vaze and Parambeer Singh were on an adventure trip. They wanted to bring glory to the department by doing one exclusive stunt and that boomeranged badly. Anil Deshmukh was the Home minister and he immediately condemned the act and transferred Parambeer Singh.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in its affidavit filed in the Bombay high court (HC) stated that getting bail in the money laundering case would not make former Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh eligible for bail in the corruption case as well. Deshmukh’s application stated that as both the cases by the ED and CBI arose out of the same offence, he deserved to be released on bail in the corruption case as well.

In the meantime, while granting bail to Sanjay Raut, the Mumbai court said that his arrest was illegal and unwarranted. Now it is high time the court should see the conspiracy against Deshmukh and Malik and deliver justice.

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Vaidehi Taman
Vaidehi Taman
Vaidehi Taman an Accredited Journalist from Maharashtra is bestowed with three Honourary Doctorate in Journalism. Vaidehi has been an active journalist for the past 21 years, and is also the founding editor of an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, and The Democracy digital video news portal is her brain child. Vaidehi has three books in her name, "Sikhism vs Sickism", "Life Beyond Complications" and "Vedanti". She is an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, OSCP offensive securities, Certified Security Analyst and Licensed Penetration Tester that caters to her freelance jobs.
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