The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached eight land parcels in Alibaug and a flat in Mumbai’s Dadar suburb linked to Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut and his family under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), agency sources said on Tuesday.
According to news agency PTI, the agency issued a provisional attachment under the PMLA to freeze the land parcels (plots) and flat. The attachment is linked to a money-laundering investigation linked to a ₹1,034 crore worth land ‘scam’ related to the re-development of a ‘chawl’ in Mumbai, the report added.
ED officials probing the Rs 1,034-crore Patra Chawl land scam case had found in February that Pravin Raut had paid Rs 55 lakh from the proceeds of crime through his wife’s account to Varsha. ED also said that hotel accommodation and tickets were booked for domestic as well as international travel of Sanjay Raut and people associated with him.
“… I’m not the one who will get scared. Seize my property, shoot me, or send me to jail. Sanjay Raut is Balasaheb Thackeray’s follower and a Shiv Sainik, he will fight and expose everyone. I’m not one to stay quiet, let them dance. The truth will prevail,” Raut told reporters.
The ED has said Guru Ashish Construction Pvt Ltd was involved in the re-development of Patra ‘chawl’ in suburban Mumbai’s Goregaon area. The ‘chawl’ had 672 tenants in tenements on 47 acres land belonging to the Maharashtra Housing Area Development Authority (MHADA). Guru Ashish Construction Pvt Ltd is a subsidiary company of the Housing Development Infrastructure Ltd (HDIL).
The HDIL is under investigation by the probe agency and a few other agencies in connection with the around ₹4,300 crore alleged fraud at the Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative (PMC) Bank.