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Maharashtra government suspends former private secretary of Anil Deshmukh, months after his arrest in corruption case

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Maharashtra government suspends former private secretary of Anil Deshmukh

Nearly three months after his arrest, the Maharashtra government has suspended an additional collector-level officer, Sanjeev Palande, who was the private secretary to former state home minister Anil Deshmukh, in a corruption case.

Palande was arrested on June 26 this year and is being investigated under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

A government order issued on September 16 said that Palande was remanded to Enforcement Directorate (ED) custody on July 7 and then to judicial custody.

He has spent more than 48 hours in custody and as per Maharashtra Civil Services rules, he has been suspended from the time of his arrest on 26 June till further orders.

During the period of suspension of Palande, his headquarters will be at the District Collectorate of Mumbai City and he will not be able to leave the Mumbai City District without the prior permission of the Collector.

The order said that the ED has informed the state government about the arrest and custody of Palande through a letter dated August 31.

He was arrested on money laundering charges against NCP leader Deshmukh. Former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh had alleged that Deshmukh had extorted Rs 100 crore from city bars and hotels every month from police officer Sachin Vaze, a charge denied by the former minister.

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