Kochi: Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut’s Mumbai house was raided by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with a money laundering case on Sunday.
After questioning the Rajya Sabha MP for about 10 hours on July 1, the 60-year-old Shiv Sena leader was summoned by the probe agency on July 27, but he could not report as he was in the middle of the Parliament session in New Delhi. The ED sleuths, backed by CISF personnel, reached Raut’s home in Bhandup early in the morning.
The case is connected with re-development of a chawl in Mumbai and related transactions involving his wife and close associates. A supporter of former Chief Minister Udhav Thackeray, Raut, has dismissed allegations against him and said that he was being targeted due to political vendetta, media reports said. The ED had attached assets worth over ₹ 11.15 crore of Raut’s wife Varsha Raut and two of his associates as part of its probe.
The properties include a flat by Varsha Raut and eight plots at Kihim beach.
The ED is also probing Raut’s alleged links with his close associates Pravin Raut and Sujit Patkar and others. Pravin Raut was arrested in a probe linked to a ₹ 1,034-crore alleged land scam related to the re-development of the Patra chawl in Goregaon area. He is currently in judicial custody.
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