The Enforcement Directorate registered a money laundering case against ex-Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh, reports news agency PTI quoting officials. 

Official sources confirmed that the case was registered under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), which was based on Central Bureau of Investigation’s FIR related to an alleged bribery case against Deshmukh. 

The central agency may now summon the ex-Maharashtra home minister for interrogation, officials added.

The central agency will investigate if funds were generated illegally in the recruitment of police personnel in Maharashtra. The ED will also probe if illegal extortion was done by the cops as alleged by former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh in his complaint.

The CBI had earlier booked Deshmukh on April 24 in an alleged corruption case. The ED’s case comes after the CBI’s case on allegations of corruption made against the ex-minister by the former police commissioner. 

In CBI’s probe last month, raids were carried out in various locations, including Deshmukh’s residence.