ED summons Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut in money laundering case
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut today for questioning in two separate money laundering cases. The notice from the ED required him to depose at its south Mumbai office in connection with the acquisition of properties by his wife and associates.
The first case pertains to the ED registering a case where Dewan Housing Finance Corporation Ltd (DHFL)’s erstwhile promoters Kapil Wadhawan and his brother Dheeraj are accused of a 34,615-crore rupees loan fraud along with builder Sudhakar Shetty of Sahana group. The ED registered the DHFL money laundering case based on a CBI FIR and while examining documents collected during the investigation, found suspicious entries linked to Sanjay Raut.
The second case in which Raut has been called for questioning is related to a 1,200-crore rupees chawl redevelopment fraud. This case involves Housing Development and Infrastructure Ltd (HDIL) group, its promoters Rakesh Wadhawan and son Sarang and Sanjay Raut’s associate Pravin Raut. The ED arrested has Pravin Raut and chargesheeted him after alleging that he received 112 crore rupees between 2008 and 2010 from HDIL in multiple instalments.
The ED suspects that Pravin Raut is a front for some influential persons including Sanjay Raut. In April, the ED had attached a flat in Mumbai owned by Sanjay Raut’s wife Varsha and eight other land parcels jointly owned by her and another businessman’s wife in Alibaug, collectively valued at 11 crore rupees. ED had alleged that these properties were purchased through money diverted by Pravin Raut.