After discovering suspected anomalies in the rehabilitation of a Mumbai “chawl,” the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has detained Sanjay Raut and will seek his custody in a money laundering case on Monday before a special PMLA court in Mumbai, according to news cited by Hindustan Times.
After more than six hours of questioning at the ED’s zonal office in south Mumbai’s Ballard Estate, the Shiv Sena leader was taken into custody on Sunday. He was detained at 12:05 a.m. on Monday under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), according to the officials, because he was refusing to cooperate the investigating agency.
During a raid on Sanjay Raut’s Mumbai home in connection with a land scam case, the investigating agency found 11.50 lakh unaccounted for dollars. Around 7 a.m. on Sunday, the ED sleuths visited his home and searched it.
Sanjay Raut emerged from his home shortly after being detained by ED agents in connection with the Patra Chawl land scam case and waved to his supporters who had gathered in front of his home. He said that “he won’t be cowed down”.
“False charges and documents are being framed against people. All of this is being done to weaken Shiv Sena and Maharashtra. Sanjay Raut won’t be cowed down. I will not leave the party,” Raut told media persons.
In order to stop the money laundering case involving the 1,034 crore Patra Chawl land scam, he was called by the law enforcement agency on June 28.
Sanjay Raut, however, has declined to participate in the money laundering case inquiry. He mentioned that Parliament was now in its Monsoon Session. He even dared the investigation agency to put him in custody. He eventually arrived at the ED office and joined the probe.
According to sources, the ED, which previously detained businessman Avinash Bhosale of Pune in connection with the DHFL-Yes Bank case, wants to question Raut in this case as well. They asserted that the DHFL case and the Patra Chawl ED case are connected.
Varsha Raut’s assets worth more than 11.15 crore were initially provisionally attached by the law enforcement authorities back in April. As part of this inquiry, properties connected to two of his colleagues were also attached.