Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], June 28: The Enforcement Directorate has granted time to Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut to appear before it for questioning in connection with the money laundering case.
The lawyer said that he had demanded 13-14 days’ time to present the documents in front of the probe agency.
On the other side, Sanjay Raut’s lawyer said, "We had filed an application seeking some time to report before ED and it has been granted by ED. We had demanded to provide 13-14 days’ time to present the documents in front of ED.”
ED arrested Sanjay Raut on Monday in money laundering case and in Patra Chawl case and summoned him to appear before the ED investigators at its regional office in Mumbai at 11 am on Tuesday but however, amid the political crisis in Maharashtra, Raut had refused to appear before the ED.
In the month of April, the ED had attached immovable properties worth Rs 11.15 crore, including a flat at Dadar, held by Sanjay Raut's wife Varsha and eight land parcels at Kihim near Alibag, jointly held by the latter with Swapna Patkar, in connection with the redevelopment scam. Swapna is the wife of Sujit Patkar, a close associate of the Sena leader.
Amid the mounting trouble for the party in the wake of internal rebellion, ED's summons to Raut, who is considered to be a confidant of Shiv Sena chief and Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
The federal agency has also been probing Rs 4,300 crore PMC Bank money laundering case against Sanjay Raut's wife Varsha Raut who was questioned last year under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) by the central probe agency.
The agency had alleged that Pravin Raut had "siphoned off "Rs 95 crore worth funds from the scam-hit bank in the garb of loan, out of which he paid Rs 1.6 crore to his wife Madhuri Raut who subsequently transferred Rs 55 lakh in two tranches to Varsha Raut, wife of Sanjay Raut, as "interest-free loan."