Sanjay Raut gets Enforcement Directorate summons

In a big development, the Enforcement Directorate on Monday summoned Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut in connection with a money laundering case in the state.

Raut, the most vociferous backer of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, responded with the charge that “this is a conspiracy to stop me.”

In his tweet, Raut added that he “won’t take the Guwahati route”, referring to the rebels camping in the capital of BJP-ruled Assam. 

Raut has been asked to depose before the central probe agency on Tuesday and record his statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

The case pertains to irregularities in a chawl redevelopment project at Mumbai’s Goregaon. The Enforcement Directorate has provisionally attached assets worth Rs 11.15 crore of three people, including Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut’s wife Varsha Raut.

Team Thackeray has been saying that the mutiny led by Eknath Shinde is a result of “pressure of ED, CBI and other agencies” under the BJP-led Union government.