Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut will be produced before a special court in Mumbai on Monday by The Enforcement Directorate in connection to the Patra Chawl case.
On last Thursday, the court has extended Raut’s ED custody till August 8, the agency probing in the money laundering case had further remarked that it had made “remarkable progress” in the investigation involving the Shiv Sena leader. The ED demanded for futher eight days custody quoting it has unearthed a new trail of money.
Raut, a Rajya Sabha member, was caught to be beneficiary of ₹1.17 crore of proceeds of crime. The ED in investigation claimed that the money used to buy land in Alibaug was sourced from Pravin Raut, who had allegedly accepted ₹112 crores from construction company HDIL in the Patra Chawl land scam. The ED further contended that this amount was part of the proceeds of crime of overall scam money of ₹1,039.79 crore, in addition of ₹1.06 crore that had come to light earlier, it alleged.
The ED on August 1, caught Shiv Sena leader on August 1 in connection with alleged financial scams in the redevelopment of the Patra Chawl (row tenement) in suburban Goregaon. He was presented in the court on same day, where court ordered him to remain in ED custody until August 4, however it expanded the custody till August 8 after hearing both the aspects.
The ED has said that documents put forth during the investigation showed the purchase of properties at Alibaug in neighbouring Raigad district by Raut implicated substantial cash transactions. The probe agency claimed that around ₹1.08 crore was found in the bank account of Sanjay Raut’s wife Varsha Raut.
The ED on Saturday inquired Varsha Raut for more than nine hours in connection with the case and recorded her statement.