Sanjay Raut’s wife before ED
Varsha Raut, wife of arrested Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut, on Saturday appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) here in connection with a money-laundering case linked to alleged irregularities in the redevelopment of a chawl and related transactions.
The central agency had issued summons to Varsha earlier this week. She reached the ED office at Ballard Estate in south Mumbai at 10.40am and left after nine hours after recording her statement.
“I have answered all the questions which ED officials asked,” she told reporters while leaving.
The ED has not called her again for now, she said. She will not leave the Shiv Sena and will continue to support party chief Uddhav Thackeray, come what may, Varsha said.The agency is conducting a probe linked to an alleged Rs 1,034-crore land scam related to the redevelopment of Patra Chawl in Mumbai’s Goregaon.
Sanjay Raut, a Rajya Sabha member, was arrested by the ED on August 1.The ED had told the court that Raut and his family received “proceeds of crime” worth over Rs 1 crore in connection with the housing redevelopment project.
In April, the ED had provisionally attached assets worth over Rs 11.15 crore of Varsha and two associates of Raut as part of its probe. The attached properties are in the form of land held by Pravin M. Raut, Sanjay Raut’s aide and a former director of Guru Ashish Construction Pvt Ltd, at Palghar, Saphale (a town in Palghar) and Padgha (in Thane district).
The properties also include a flat in Mumbai suburb Dadar held by Varsha and eight plots at the Kihim beach in Alibaug jointly held by Varsha and Swapna Patkar, the wife of Sujit Patkar, a “close associate” of Sanjay Raut, the ED had said.Guru Ashish Construction was involved in the redevelopment of the chawl, which had 672 tenants living in tenements on 47 acres belonging to the Maharashtra Housing Area Development Authority, the ED had said earlier.