After a thorough investigation of Sanjay Raut’s Mumbai house for several hours, the ED detains him: Report

In a money laundering case involving his wife and “associates” and suspected irregularities in the redevelopment of a Mumbai “chawl,” Raut was arrested.

After conducting a thorough search of Sanjay Raut’s Mumbai home on Sunday, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) detained him in connection with a money laundering investigation.

The search operation came after the ED issued two summonses against Raut, the most recent of which was on July 27. The ED called Raut to testify in a money laundering case involving allegations of irregularities in the redevelopment of a Mumbai “chawl” and associated transactions involving his wife and “associates.”

The agency in Mumbai had scheduled an interview with Raut, editor of the Sena publication “Saamana,” on July 1.

The ED summoned him twice after that, but he ignored them because of his involvement in the ongoing Parliamentary session. At Raut’s “Maitri” house in the suburb of Bhandup, ED officers and members of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) arrived at 7 am on Sunday to start the search. The Shiv Sena Uddhav Thackeray camp member of the Rajya Sabha had denied any misconduct and claimed that he was the victim of political retaliation.

“I swear by late Balasabheb Thackeray that I have nothing to do with any scam,” Raut tweeted shortly after the ED action began. “I will die but won’t leave Shiv Sena,” Raut added.