It’s been a week since the regime change in Mumbai Maharashtra and the Mumbai Police has already decided to disband the Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed to probe Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut’s allegations that some Enforcement Directorate (ED) officials collected money from city builders. By a South Mumbai businessman.
The SIT was formed after Rawat accused south Mumbai businessman and bar owner Jitendra Navlani and three ED officials of running an ‘extortion racket’ targeting city businessmen by offering protection from ED inquiry in exchange for money.
On Tuesday, the SIT was disbanded, saying the Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) had already registered a case in connection with the allegations in May.
On Wednesday, the Bombay High Court bench of Justices Nitin Jamdar and NR Borkar hearing the petitions filed by Navlani and the ED told the Mumbai Police that the SIT had been closed, after which the bench disposed of one petition. subject
In March, Raut alleged that between 2015 and 2021 Navalani, a resident of Colaba, had collected the money. ₹58.96 crore on behalf of ED officials and the money was taken in the name of consultancy fee or in the name of unsecured loan.
“The main name of this network is Jitendra Chandralal Navalani. He owns seven companies, funded by more than 100 builders. The companies which were under ED investigation had transferred money to these seven companies. Navlani will work for senior ED officials, including the director and joint director,” Raut said.
The charges came at a time when the ED arrested two cabinet ministers of the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, Anil Deshmukh and Nawab Malik, in connection with two separate money laundering cases.
Arvind Bhosale’s investigation was initially conducted by Mumbai Police’s Economic Offenses Wing (EOW) and later handed over to Mumbai Crime Branch and Special Investigation Team (SIT) following a formal complaint by Lalbagh-based Shiv Sainik. ) was formed under the leadership of Additional Commissioner of Police, Crime Branch Viresh Prabhu, DCP, Zone IX, Manjunath Singhe to look into the allegations.
The then Home Minister Dilip Valse Patil had himself announced the formation of the SIT in April and the then Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Pandey was overseeing the SIT’s investigation. The team recorded statements of several people and examined several bank accounts and call detail record (CDR).
A police official said that the SIT has interrogated several businessmen who are being investigated by the ED.