The case through which Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut was arrested was a Rs 1,000 crore rip-off within the Patra chawl redevelopment challenge, the Enforcement Directorate stated. The company claimed that Mr Raut and his household benefited from the cash to the tune of Rs 1.06 crore — up from the 83 lakh it had earlier claimed. The ED additionally accused him of threatening a key witness within the Alibaug land take care of rape and homicide.
The girl, Swapna Patkar, apparently filed the grievance on July 22. She stated the specter of rape and homicide was typed on a sheet of paper, which was positioned in a newspaper delivered to her on July 15, it was reported. of reports company Press Trust of India.
Mr Raut was arrested final night time by the ED on costs of cash laundering and remanded within the company’s custody for 4 days by a Mumbai courtroom. The Sena MP claimed that he was being framed as a part of a political vendetta.
“This is nothing but political vendetta. Since Sunday morning, freedom has been taken away,” Mr Raut instructed reporters. Pointing out that he was a coronary heart affected person, Mr Raut stated he was not allowed to exit.
In courtroom right now, the company claimed that Mr Raut was summoned thrice for questioning however he appeared earlier than it solely as soon as. During this time, he tried to tamper with key witnesses, the company stated.
In its costs in opposition to Mr Raut, the company stated the cash collected for the redevelopment challenge from 2010-2014 was “siphoned from us by Rakesh Wadhwan and Sarang Wadhwan and due to this the project remained incomplete”.
“Of the amount received, Pravin Raut received about Rs 112 crore in his account and proceeds of crime worth about 1.06 crore were directly received by Sanjay Raut,” the ED instructed the courtroom. A property was purchased in Alibaug with soiled cash.
Pravin Raut, a former director of Guru Ashish Construction Pvt Ltd, is the “front man” of Sanjay Raut, the company claimed.
During 2010-2011, “Rs 2 lakh was transferred every month from accused Praveen Raut to Sanjay Raut,” the company stated. Praveen Raut even financed Sanjay Raut’s international journey, the ED instructed the courtroom.
In April, the ED had hooked up property price over Rs 11.15 crore belonging to Mr Raut’s spouse Varsha Raut and two of his associates. The hooked up properties are land held by Pravin Raut in Palghar, Saphale (city in Palghar) and Padgha (in Thane district). The property additionally embody a flat in Mumbai suburb Dadar held by Varsha Raut and eight plots at Kihim seashore in Alibaug collectively held by Varsha Raut and Swapna Patkar, spouse of Sujit Patkar, a “close associate” of Sanjay Raut , stated the ED.
Sena chief and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray strongly backed Mr Raut, calling him the “hardcore Shiv Sainik of Sena founder Bal Thackeray”.
“I am proud of Sanjay Raut. What crime have you committed? He is a journalist, a Shiv Sainik, is fearless and speaks what he disagrees with,” Mr Thackeray stated.
Congress leaders additionally spoke in help of Mr Raut.
“The only crime committed by SanjayRaut is that he was not intimidated by the politics of intimidation in the BJP party. He is a man of conviction and courage. We are with Sanjay Raut,” Congress’s Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury tweeted.