Sanjay Raut, the Shiv
Sena member of Parliament under Enforcement Directorate’s scanner, tweeted
Sunday morning that the ED’s search of his premises is based on “false
evidence.” Sleuths of the Enforcement Directorate visited Raut’s home Sunday
morning in a bid to question the MP on a money laundering case.
The ED reached Sanjay
Raut’s home after the MP missed two summonses of the central investigative
agency, one on July 20 and another on July 27. The financial crime fighting
agency sought to question Raut about the redevelopment of a chawl in
Maharashtra capital Mumbai. Sanjay Raut, who is close to Shiv Sena chief Uddhav
Thackeray, has denied any wrongdoing.
“I have nothing to do
with any scam. I am saying this by taking the oath of Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb
Thackeray. Balasaheb taught us to fight. I will continue to fight for the Shiv
Sena,” Raut tweeted in Marathi.
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He continued: “False
action, false evidence. I will not leave Shiv Sena. Even if I die, I will not
surrender. Jai Maharashtra.”
Sanjay Raut is the
executive editor of Shiv Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’. The party mouthpiece has
been extremely critical of the BJP government in power at the Union. When Eknath
Shinde broke away from the Uddhav Thackeray camp and set up a separate camp with
support of the BJP to capture power in Maharashtra, Sanjay Raut stood firmly by
As Raut said the
action against him was based on “false evidence,” BJP MLA Ram Kadam asked why
the Shiv Sena leader had missed the summons. “Why is he scared of the
Enforcement Directorate? If he is innocent? He has all the time to give press conference
but no time to visit a probe agency office for questioning,” Kadam said.
Sanjay Raut was
questioned by the Enforcement Directorate on July 1. He was once again summoned
on July 20. He did not go citing the Parliament session underway at the time.
Asked to appear on July 27, Raut did not go. This led the Enforcement
Directorate to reach Raut’s home.