A day after Sanjay Raut’s wife Varsha was summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), the Shiv Sena MP has hit out at the Centre saying that the central probe agencies like the ED are losing their importance because of their rampant use in the political power game.
Sanjay Raut said that Shiv Sena will answer the ruling dispensation in the Centre in its own ways and that there was no need to panic. He also asserted that political battles should be fought face to face. Raut said he has a file on BJP that has 121 names and he will soon give it to the ED.
Addressing the media, Raut said, “The importance of ED, CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) or the Income Tax Department is decreasing. Earlier, when this agency took any action, it seemed that there was something serious. But for the last few years, it seems action from this agency happens when a political party is taking out its anger.”
Summons issued to Varsha Raut
The ED 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.
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