Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a money-laundering case, will remain in the custody of the probe agency till Monday. The special court in Mumbai court noted that the central agency has made “remarkable progress” in the investigation.
The ED sought extended custody for Raut till August 10 as it had secured certain documents and wanted to probe related matters, besides investigating other accused in the case.
MRaut, 60, was arrested on Sunday midnight after over six hours of questioning in connection with alleged financial irregularities in the redevelopment of a chawl in Mumbai and related financial property transactions involving his wife and alleged associates.
Mumbai | Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut sent to ED custody till 8th August in connection with a money laundering case in the Patra Chawl land case. pic.twitter.com/qbcz11BenB— ANI (@ANI) August 4, 2022
The ED had earlier told the court that Raut and his family received “proceeds of crime” worth over ₹ one crore generated out of alleged irregularities in the housing redevelopment project.
The Shiv Sena has criticised the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the Enforcement Directorate’s detention of Sanjay Raut, claiming that the Opposition was never targeted during the Emergency enforced by the previous prime minister, Indira Gandhi.
The close aide to Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray, Raut, has denied any wrongdoing and said he is the victim of political retaliation.
After Raut was arrested, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray had on Monday described him as a hardcore Shiv Sainik of Bal Thackeray who did not succumb to pressure.