Central agencies have been turned into slaves, the Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) on Friday, two days after Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut was released in a money laundering case. The comments were made in an editorial in the party’s mouthpiece Saamana.
Raut was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on July 31. A special court on Wednesday granted bail to the Rajya Sabha MP, observing that his arrest was illegal. Raut walked out of Mumbai’s Arthur Road prison on the same day.
In the editorial, the Shiv Sena reiterated the court’s observation that the Enforcement Directorate arrested Raut illegally.
“There is no rule of law in the country,” read the Saamana editorial. “There is pressure on judiciary and central agencies have turned slaves and this was evident in the Sanjay Raut case. The central government is misusing its probe agencies and a special court in Mumbai has put a seal on it.”
The editorial also alleged that seven Maharashtra ministers belonging to the Bharatiya Janta Party and 15 MLA-MPs of the ruling party can be accused of being in money laundering but the Enforcement Directorate that investigates such cases “chooses” its accused.