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Patra Chawl Land Scam: ED summons Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut’s wife Varsha

By Priyanka Verma 
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Mumbai: In breaking development in this case, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut’s trouble is increasing in Patra Chawl land scam. On Thursday, The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned Sanjay Raut’s wife Varsha Raut in the Patra Chawl land money laundering case. The ED has issued this summon after the transactions came to light from the account of Varsha Raut. The ED summons came hours after a special court in Mumbai extended Raut’s ED custody till August 8.

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Actually, the custody of Sanjay Raut is ending today. Earlier, the ED produced him in the PMLA special court. On the extension of ED’s custody, Sanjay Raut’s brother Sunil Raut said that we have faith in the judiciary. He said that Sanjay Raut is a true Shiv Sainik of Balasaheb Thackeray, he will never do any corruption. BJP is afraid of him. Raut a close aide of Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, was arrested last Sunday. The ED had raided Raut’s house. He was taken into custody after about eight hours of interrogation, after which he was arrested late in the night. The court had sent him to ED custody till August 4.

Patra Chawl scam worth 1039.79 crores

In 2007, an agreement was signed by the society between Maharashtra Housing Development Authority (MHADA) and Guru Construction Company for redevelopment of houses of 672 families on 47 acres of land at Patra Chawl in Siddharth Nagar, Goregaon, Mumbai western suburb. Under this agreement, the company was to make more than three and a half thousand flats and give them to MHADA. After that the remaining land was to be sold to private developers. Rakesh Wadhawan, Sarang Wadhawan, Praveen Raut and Guru Ashish of DHIL were the directors of this company. It is alleged that the company misled MHADA and deposited Rs 901 crore by selling FSI of Patra Chawl to 9 different builders. After that Rs 138 crore was collected in the name of flat booking by starting a new project called Meadows. But 672 people were not given their houses. In this way a scam of Rs 1039.79 crore took place in the Patra Chawl scam. After that in 2018, MHADA filed an FIR against Guru Construction Company.

Sanjay Raut connection of Patra Chawl

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Praveen Raut, who was the director of Guru Construction Company, is close to Sanjay Raut. Praveen was arrested by the ED in February 2022. It is said that Praveen earned Rs 95 crore from the Patra Chawl scam and distributed that money to his relatives and friends. Out of this, 55 lakh rupees had come in the account of Sanjay Raut’s wife Varsha Raut. With this amount, Raut had bought a flat in Dadar. ED has already questioned Varsha Raut. Varsha had told that he had taken this money from Madhuri, wife of Praveen Raut, to buy the flat. After ED’s interrogation, Varsha transferred the money to Madhuri’s account.

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