Written by Sharangi Dutta | Edited by Chandrasekhar SrinivasanNew Delhi
The Enforcement Directorate accepted Sanjay Raut’s plea seeking exemption from appearing in the alleged money laundering case today and gave the Shiv Sena leader till August 7. Raut is in Delhi for the monsoon session of Parliament.
“Sanjay Raut will appear on the next date,” the Shiv Sena leader’s lawyer Vikrant Sabne was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. The central agency summoned Raut to its Mumbai office at 11 am for another round of questioning on irregularities in the re-development of the Patra Chal area in the city’s Goregaon area.
Financial transactions involving his wife Varsha are also alleged.
Rawat was last interrogated for about 10 hours on July 1.
The Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP, who remains loyal to party chief and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, has denied any wrongdoing.
He claimed that he was being targeted out of political hatred. Last time he was grilled by the ED, the 60-year-old lawmaker said he had fully cooperated with the proceedings.
The development came on a day when the Supreme Court heard the argument between the rival factions of Shiv Sena led by current chief minister Eknath Shinde and another Thackeray-led faction that led to Uddhav Thackeray’s downfall. The court is hearing arguments on the disqualification petition filed by the Army against the rebels.
At the end of the hearing, Chief Justice NV Ramana said that a larger bench was required for certain matters raised and the hearing was rescheduled for August 1. Until then, the court directed the Maharashtra Speaker not to deal with the disqualification petitions till further orders.
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