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Raut was arrested by the ED late at night on July 31st in a case pertaining to money laundering linked with the redevelopment of a chawl in Mumbai. Raut has also been charged with offences in relation to this transaction involving his wife and other associates.
A Mumbai court today extended the custody of Rajya Sabha MP from Shiv Sena, Sanjay Raut to the Enforcement Directorate (ED) till August 8 in a money laundering case. Earlier, the ED was granted Raut’s custody till today (August 4, 2022)
He was arrested by the ED late Sunday night in a case pertaining to money laundering linked with the redevelopment of a chawl in Mumbai. Raut has also been charged with offences in relation to this transaction involving his wife and other associates.
The ED had produced Raut before the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court judge M G Deshpande on August 1, 2022 and sought remand of eight days. Hiten Venegaonkar, Special Public Prosecutor for ED, had argued before the court that Raut and his family were direct beneficiaries of the proceeds of crime.
Ashok Mundargi, Sr. Adv, appearing for Raut, had on Monday, submitted that the allegations are vague and raised due to political vendetta.
However, Judge Deshpande had rejected ED’s request for eight-day custody of Raut and observed that such a long custodial interrogation won’t be necessary to investigate the money trail linked to his wife, as the same can be probed through the bank statements. The judge had thus remanded Sanjay Raut in ED custody till August 4 only.
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