Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut summoned by ED

He has been summoned in a case of alleged money laundering.

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut – a Rajya Sabha member – has been summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in Mumbai tomorrow to be questioned in a case of alleged money laundering. Over the past few days – the Shiv Sena’s spokesperson – has been among the most vocal about the recent rebellion from among the rebel MLAs in his party in Maharashtra.

Raut has said that “this is a conspiracy to stop me”. The summons to Raut are in connection with Rs 1,034 crore Patra Chawl land scam case, in which the ED attached his properties in April. At that time, the Shiv Sena spokesperson had said that he was not going to be “scared” about these things.

In the recent past, the Shiv Sena leaders owing their allegiance to Uddhav Thackeray, have said that the rebellion in the party from among the MLAs has been led by Eknath Shinde as a result of “the pressure of ED, CBI and other agencies” under the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government at the Centre. Raut has said “Even we had ED pressure but we will continue to stand with Uddhav Thackeray. He who leaves the party under ED pressure is not a true Balasaheb bhakt.

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