ED raids locations linked to Shiv Sena MLA in money laundering probe

On Tuesday, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) conducted searches at seven sites connected to Shiv Sena (UBT) MLA Ravindra Waikar and his associates in Mumbai. The raids are part of a money laundering investigation related to the construction of a luxury hotel in Jogeshwari. The case revolves around alleged manipulation of land use conditions during the hotel’s construction.

In November, the ED had initiated a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against Ravindra Waikar in connection with the ‘₹500 crore 5-Star Hotel Scam.’ The MLA is accused of deceiving the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) by securing permission to construct a five-star hotel on land designated for a BMC playground.

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Waikar, representing Jogeshwari East, is known to be a close associate of Shiv Sena (UBT) leader and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.