The Enforcement Directorate on Sunday carried out searches at the premises of Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut in relation to a money laundering case, ANI reported.
Mumbai | Enforcement Directorate officials conduct search & questioning at the residence of Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, in the Patra Chawl land scam case pic.twitter.com/eE0E9mxatl
— ANI (@ANI) July 31, 2022
This came after Raut had skipped summons issued by the agency twice – on July 20 and July 27. He had sought time till August 7 citing the ongoing session of Parliament, according to the Hindustan Times.
The Enforcement Directorate had last questioned Raut on July 1 for nearly 10 hours, following which the Shiv Sena leader had said it was his duty to appear before the central agencies if they have any doubt in their minds.
The agency is investigating a money laundering case referred to as the Patra Chawl scan, which involves alleged fraud worth Rs 1,034 crore. The alleged fraudulent financial transactions are connected with the redevelopment of a chawl – a building consisting of several tenements – in Mumbai.
The Enforcement Directorate has accused Raut, his wife and construction company HDIL promoter Rakesh Wadhwan of fraudulently raising money for the project to siphon off the amount with no intent to complete the tenement.