The Enforcement Directorate has summoned Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut’s wife, Varsha, for questioning in connection with the PMC Bank money laundering case.
She has been summoned by the central agency on December 29. This is the third summons issued to her after she skipped the earlier two on health grounds. The summons for questioning has been issued to her under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
Notably, Sanjay Raut has been repeatedly attacking the ruling BJP in the Centre on the India-China border dispute issue, farmers’ agitation, etc.
Probe regarding funds
The ED wants to question Varsha Raut with regard to “receipt” of some funds that were allegedly siphoned from the bank, ED officials said.
The Shiv Sena, which is part of Maharashtra’s ruling alliance Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) along with the NCP and the Congress, had earlier alleged that central probe agencies have been targeting them unfairly.
Former BJP leader Eknath Khadse, who recently joined Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), has also been summoned by the ED for questioning on December 30 in Mumbai in connection with a money laundering case linked to a land deal in Pune’s Bhosri area.
The ED had filed a PMLA case to probe the alleged loan fraud in the Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative (PMC) Bank in October last year against the Housing Development Infrastructure Ltd (HDIL), its promoters Rakesh Kumar Wadhawan and his son Sarang Wadhawan, its former chairman Waryam Singh and ex-managing director Joy Thomas.
The agency took cognisance of a Mumbai Police Economic Offences Wing FIR against them for allegedly causing “wrongful loss, prima facie to the tune of Rs 4,355 crore to PMC Bank, and corresponding gains to themselves”.
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