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ED arrests Raut in money laundering case, seized Rs 11.5 lakh in cash

Mumbai: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has arrested Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut in a cash laundering case associated to alleged irregularities within the redevelopment of a chawl in Mumbai. Officers gave this data. Previous to his arrest, the ED raided Raut’s residence for practically 9 hours, during which Rs 11.5 lakh in money was seized, he mentioned. Raut, 60, was arrested after midnight on Sunday after over six hours of questioning on the ED’s regional workplace in South Mumbai’s Ballard Property.

Officers claimed that Raut was not cooperating within the investigation, as a consequence of which he was detained at 12:05 am beneath the Prevention of Cash Laundering Act (PMLA). Raut, a Rajya Sabha member and chief of former Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena, shall be produced in a particular PMLA courtroom in Mumbai later within the day, the place the Enforcement Directorate will request his custody. A workforce of the company had reached his residence in Mumbai’s Bhandup space on Sunday, the place they searched, questioned Raut and referred to as him for questioning on the company’s native workplace until night. In the course of the search, the workforce additionally seized Rs 11.5 lakh in money, officers mentioned.

Earlier than getting into the ED workplace, Raut informed reporters that the federal company’s motion was aimed toward weakening Shiv Sena and Maharashtra and a “false” case was ready towards them. The ED probe pertains to allegations of irregularities within the redevelopment of Patra ‘chawl’ and monetary property transactions involving his spouse and alleged associates. In April, the ED briefly connected belongings price over Rs 11.15 crore of his spouse Varsha Raut and two of his associates as a part of the probe. The connected belongings embrace land owned by Praveen M. Raut, Sanjay Raut’s affiliate and former director of ‘Guru Ashish Building Pvt Ltd’, positioned in Palghar, Saphale (metropolis in Palghar) and Padgha (in Thane district). The ED had mentioned that these properties embrace a flat of Varsha Raut in Dadar suburb of Mumbai and eight plots of land at Kihim Seashore in Alibaug collectively owned by Varsha Raut and Swapna Patkar, spouse of Sanjay Raut’s shut aide Sujit Patkar.

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