Varsha Raut, the wife of Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut received Rs 1.08 crore in her bank account. The Law Enforcement Directorate (ED) which arrested Rajya Sabha MP in the Patra Chawl redevelopment case on Monday, said they found this in their investigation while in police custody since his arrest.
The 62-year-old politician appeared before a special court appointed under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in the afternoon. The agency requested his further detention for eight days.
He said Raut could not explain why huge sums had been received on his wife’s account and gave evasive answers. He summoned the people who carried out the transactions and asked the banks for details, he told the court.
In addition, the agency said it discovered through documents that when buying properties in Alibaug, the MP made large cash transactions. An amount of Rs 1.17 crore which he called “proceeds of crime” was used to purchase these properties, he said. Earlier, the agency said that an amount of Rs 1.06 crore was transferred by his co-defendant Pravin Raut into his and his wife’s accounts. This sum was part of the tainted money received by Pravin Raut as part of the redevelopment project in which the tenants were defrauded, he said. The ED differentiated that the Rs 1.17 crore is added to the earlier amount of Rs 1.06 crore.
Before the proceedings began, the court asked Raut if he had a complaint against the ED regarding his treatment while in custody with the ED. Raut said he had no complaints against the officers regarding the interrogation, but said he was housed after the interrogation in a room that lacked any sort of ventilation.
Due to his heart condition, he felt suffocated in such an atmosphere, he said. Special Judge MG Deshpande said it was ‘serious’ and told the ED that during the final proceedings themselves, instructions were given by him to take care of him given his condition health. ED prosecutor Hiten Venegaonkar informed the court that Raut is being held in an air-conditioned room and therefore there is no ventilation. The agency then assured the court that it would arrange for a ventilated room.
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