NEW DELHI: Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Sunday detained Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut in the Patra Chawl money laundering case.
The move comes after the officials from the financial probe agency carried out searches at Raut’s premises in Mumbai. He was also questioned for hours before being detained.
ED sources told The New Indian that Raut has not been arrested as of now. But the source did not rule out the possibility at a later stage.
ED was miffed as the MP didn’t join the probe several times and he was not cooperating in the case
According to ED officials, the financial probe agency officials reached the residence of Raut in Mumbai around 7 am. The team then started its search operation at his premises.
ED sources said that Raut is also being questioned by the agency sleuths in connection with the case.
Earlier, the Shiv Sena leader skipped two summons in connection with the case. He has cited more time from the agency to appear before it.
The ED had attached property worth ₹9 crores related to Sanjay Raut’s ‘aide’ Pravin Raut and assets, worth around ₹2 crores, belonging to Sanjay Raut’s wife Varsha in the ₹1,034-crore Patra Chawl land scam case.
The financial probe agency had filed a charge sheet in a money laundering case against Pravin Raut.