The Enforcement Directorate late on Sunday night arrested Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, whose Mumbai house they searched for nine hours in relation to a money-laundering case, ANI reported.
The agency is investigating a case referred to as the Patra Chawl scam, 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.
The central agency will seek his custody before a court at 11.30 am on Monday, according to ANI.
“BJP is afraid of him and got him [Sanjay Raut] arrested,” the MP’s brother Sunil Raut said. “They have not given us any document [regarding his arrest]. He has been framed.”
On Sunday, the Enforcement Directorate took Raut to its office after conducting searches at his house. 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.
Raut’s counsel Vikrant Sabne on Sunday evening said that the agency…