CBI arrests middleman in ‘cash for transfer’ investigation involving Anil Deshmukh

CBI made its first arrest on Sunday in an investigation involving former Maharashtra Home Secretary Anil Deshmukh accused of demanding money in exchange for approval of senior transfers police officials.

File photo of Anil Deshmukh | PTI

Santosh Shankar Jagtap, a suspected intermediary, has been arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with the corruption case against former Maharashtra interior minister Anil Deshmukh, officials told India Today.

Making it the first arrest in this case, Santosh Shankar Jagtap was arrested Sunday morning by CBI officials from Thane in Maharashtra.

Jagtap was brought before a local court which sent him into CBI detention for four days.

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Former Maharashtra Home Secretary Anil Deshmukh is under investigation by the CBI on charges of corruption, including alleged earmarking of money for transfer of senior police officers from the State.

Sources claim that Jagtap’s name emerged during the CBI’s investigation into the transfer (of police officers) in which it was alleged that a few police officers, including politicians close to the then Home Secretary, Deshmukh, took money to transfer some policemen. in Maharashtra.

Residential premises in Jagtap were also raided by the CBI in August. Reports suggest money was recovered during the raid.

The CBI had also summoned Maharashtra Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte and DGP Sanjay Pande as part of the investigation. Various government officials in Maharashtra are also under the CBI’s scanner.

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