New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) will present Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut in a special court in Mumbai on today in a money laundering case. The court had on Thursday extended Raut’s ED custody till August 8. The court had said that the ED has made “significant progress” in its money laundering probe. The ED had then sought eight more days’ custody stating that it had discovered new details in the money transactions.
The Shiv Sena leader was arrested on August 1 in connection with alleged financial irregularities in the redevelopment of Patra Chawl in suburban Goregaon. The ED had on Saturday questioned his wife Varsha Raut for over nine hours and recorded her statement Rajya Sabha member Raut was found to be a beneficiary of Rs 1.17 crore of proceeds of crime in addition to Rs 1.06 crore that had come to light earlier, it claimed.
The ED had said that the documents seized during the probe showed that substantial cash transactions were involved in the purchase of properties by Raut at Alibaug in neighboring Raigad district. The probe agency had claimed that Rs 1.08 crore was found in the bank account of Sanjay Raut’s wife Varsha Raut.The ED’s case against Raut is based on an earlier one filed in March 2018 against HDIL promoters Rakesh Wadhawan and his son Sarang Wadhawan, Guruashish Construction Pvt Ltd — a subsidiary of HDIL that oversaw the renovation of Patra Chawl in Goregaon — and its director Pravin Raut, among others.
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut is a close aide of former Maharashtra Chief Ministerand Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray. He has denied any wrongdoing and termed the ED’s case against him as “false”. The ED alleged Sanjay Raut was also a part of a broader plot concocted by the Wadhawans and Pravin Raut to steal money from the Patra Chawl project. The Rauts, according to the ED’s remand motion, launched Avani Infrastructure for the purpose.