Updated: Mon, 01 Aug 2022 01:18 AM IST
The Enforcement Directorate on Sunday arrested Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut in connection with the Patra Chawl land scam case in Mumbai hours after detaining him. ED arrested Sena's leader after conducting raids at his residence. The Enforcement Directorate has seized Rs 11.50 lakhs unaccounted cash from the residence of Sanjay Raut, reported news agency ANI. Earlier in the day, the ED conducted raids at Raut's residence.
ED officials had reached Raut's residence around 7 am today. Raut in the questioning has denied any wrongdoing and alleged that he is being targeted due to political vendetta.
Meanwhile, Raut's advocate informed that "We've accepted fresh summons, Sanjay Raut has been brought for questioning. They (ED) already took documents that they felt were important. Some property documents were seized. But, no documents related to Patra Chawl were taken by them."
ED officials take Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut along with them after detaining him post conducting raids at his residential premises in Mumbai. Party workers present at the spot pic.twitter.com/6Jubs44s4k— ANI (@ANI) July 31, 2022
"...False action, false evidence...I will not leave Shiv Sena...Even if I die, I will not surrender...I have nothing to do with any scam. I am saying this by taking the oath of Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray. Balasaheb taught us to fight. I will continue to fight for Shiv Sena," Mr Raut tweeted shortly after probe agency officials' visit to his home.
#WATCH | Mumbai: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut being taken by ED officials along with them after he was detained in connection with Patra Chawl land scam case from his residence pic.twitter.com/VtjjuQJhxM— ANI (@ANI) July 31, 2022
While, on June 28 this year, Sanjay Raut was summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the prevention of the money laundering case pertaining to the Rs 1,034 crore Patra Chawl land scam. Refusing to join the probe and citing the Monsoon Session of Parliament as a reason for not joining the probe, he had then dared the probe agency to arrest him. Later, he reached the ED office.
The ED, which took Pune-based businessman Avinash Bhosale into custody earlier in connection with the DHFL-Yes Bank case, wants to grill Raut in this matter too, as per sources. They claimed that Patra Chawl case of ED is also linked to the DHFL case.
In April, the ED provisionally attached assets worth over Rs 11.15 crore of Raut's wife Varsha Raut and two of his associates as part of this investigation. The attached properties are in the form of land held by Pravin M Raut, Sanjay Raut's aide and a former director of Guru Ashish Construction Pvt Ltd, at Palghar, Saphale (town in Palghar) and Padgha (in Thane district).
The attached properties also include a flat in Mumbai's suburb Dadar held by Varsha Raut and eight plots at Kihim beach in Alibaug jointly held by Varsha Raut and Swapna Patkar, wife of Sujit Patkar, the ED said in a statement. According to the ED, Sujit Patkar is a close associate of Sanjay Raut. After arresting Pravin Raut in February, the ED had said he appears to be "acting as a front" or in collusion with some influential person(s).
The agency had said during the probe it was revealed he made payments to certain "politically exposed persons".
(With ANI Inputs)