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Patra Chawl case: Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut gets bail in money laundering case by the special PMLA court

New Delhi: Shiv Sena's Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut has got a big relief on Wednesday. He has been granted bail by the PMLA court. Along with Sanjay Raut, the court has also granted bail to Praveen Raut. Sanjay Raut was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in August in the Patra Chawl land scam.The court imposed a bail bond of ₹2 lakh on e for each.

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: Shiv Sena’s Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut has got a big relief on Wednesday. He has been granted bail by the PMLA court. Along with Sanjay Raut, the court has also granted bail to Praveen Raut. Sanjay Raut was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in August in the Patra Chawl land scam.The court imposed a bail bond of ₹2 lakh on e for each. The Enforcement Directorate (ED, which arrested the Saamana editor Rajya Sabha member Raut in July this year for alleged money laundering in connection with the redevelopment of the Patra Chawl (row tenement) in suburban Goregaon, has sought a stay on the execution of the order.

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The additional solicitor general has sought a stay on the execution of the bail order for a short period so that the ED can appeal in a higher court against the order of Mumbai’s PMLA court. An order will be passed at 3pm. Patra Chawl land scam is worth Rs 1,039 crore. In this scam, the ED had registered a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). After this, the ED also seized Rs 11.5 lakh in search of Sanjay Raut’s house. In this case, in April, the ED had also attached properties worth Rs 11.15 crore of Raut’s wife Varsha Raut and their close associates.

In 2018, a case was registered by the Maharashtra Housing and Development Authority (MHADA) under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. This case was against Rakesh Kumar Wadhawan, Sarang Kumar Wadhawan and others.

According to the ED, during the investigation it came to light that Guru Ashish Construction had got the task of redeveloping Patra Chawl. This work was entrusted to him by MHADA. Under this, the construction company was to redevelop the houses of 672 tenants in Patra Chawl.

Patra Chawl is made in Goregaon, Mumbai. The area on which these flats were to be redeveloped was 47 acres. Now this happened in this that Guru Ashish Construction misled MHADA and sold this land to 9 builders without constructing the flat. From this he got Rs 901.79 crore.

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Later, Guru Ashish Construction started a project called Meadows and raised Rs 138 crore for the flat from home buyers. It came to the investigation that Guru Ashish Construction illegally earned more than Rs 1,039.79 crore. Later, he illegally transferred this amount to his associates.

Guru Ashish Construction Private Limited is the sister company of Housing Development and Infrastructure Limited (HDIL). Rakesh Wadhawan, Sarang Wadhawan and Praveen Raut were also directors in HDIL.

According to the ED, the investigation revealed that HDIL had deposited about Rs 100 crore in Praveen Raut’s account. Later this money was sent by Praveen Raut from different bank accounts to his close friends, family members and business institutions.

The investigation also revealed that in 2010, Praveen Raut’s wife Madhuri had transferred Rs 83 lakh to the account of Sanjay Raut’s wife Varsha Raut. This money was earned illegally. With this amount Varsha Raut bought a flat in Dadar.

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