Mumbai | Jagran News Desk: The Enforcement Directorate has summoned Maharashtra politician Raj Thackeray, on Thursday in connection with a case linked to the collapse of shadow bank Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services.

Raj Thackeray, the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) leader, has been asked to appear on Thursday before the ED officials for his alleged links to a construction company Kohinoor CTNL, which had received loan and equity investments from the IL&FS.

Mumbai Police on Thursday also detained Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) leader Sandeep Deshpande ahead of party chief Raj Thackeray's questioning by the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

Deshpande was detained by the Shivaji Park police to pre-empt any law-and-order problem as the MNS had planned to protest against the ED summons, police sources said.

Security has also been beefed up at the ED's office situated at Ballard Estate ahead of MNS leader's appearance. Police have installed barricades and imposed section 144 of CrPC (banning unlawful assembly) outside the Enforcement Directorate (ED) office after the party had called for a bandh to protest against ED summon.

However, Raj Thackeray, in a social media post on Wednesday, had expressed willingness to cooperate with the investigating agency and had requested his party workers to maintain peace and harmony.

"No harm or damage should come upon any public property and the common man should not suffer in any way", read a public announcement shared by Thackeray on Twitter.

Raj Thackeray also received support from his estranged cousin, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, who said, "I do not expect any solid outcome from the inquiry".

Uddhav Thackeray's comment is significant as the state will go to polls later this year. The BJP and the Shiv Sena have said that they will contest the assembly elections together in an alliance. The partners, however, have launched separate campaigns, triggering speculation that they might go their separate ways if a seat-sharing agreement is not finalised.

Posted By: Talib Khan