Updated: June 29, 2022 1:23:41 am
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday summoned Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut for questioning on Friday in connection with a case of alleged money laundering linked to the redevelopment of a chawl in Mumbai’s suburbs.
The second summon was issued after Raut failed to appear before the ED on Tuesday and instead sent his lawyer to seek an exemption for 14 days, which was rejected by the agency. Senior ED officials said that Raut has been instructed to appear with certain documents related to the case.
Earlier, the agency had summoned Raut on Monday asking him to appear before it on Tuesday. Raut’s advocate told mediapersons outside the ED office on Tuesday, “The ED served summons to Raut very late in the afternoon on Monday. So, accordingly (on Tuesday), we filed an application seeking 14 days of time because we need time to gather the documents that the ED has asked us to get.”
Soon after being summoned, Raut had on Monday claimed that it was a conspiracy to stop him from fighting. He had said, “I will not be able to go to the ED office on Tuesday as there is a rally that is already scheduled in Alibaug and I have to address the people there. It’s a legal battle. Arrest me if you have orders from the BJP.” Raut had said that he is not linked to any of the companies on the ED’s scanner.
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The ED has initiated investigation under provisions of PMLA against Guru Ashish Construction, HDIL promoters Rakesh Wadhwan and Sarang Wadhwan, and others based on a complaint filed by MHADA’s executive engineer.
In February, the ED had arrested Pravin Raut, a former director in Guru Ashish Construction and an alleged aide of Sanjay Raut. Subsequently in April, the agency had attached properties worth Rs 11.15 crore belonging to Sanjay Raut’s wife Varsha, his close associate Sujit Patkar’s wife Swapna and Pravin Raut.
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