Mumbai: A Mumbai court extended Enforcement Directorate (ED) custody of Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut till August 8. The MP, arrested in Patra Chawl money-laundering case, was produced before a special court today after his ED custody (as directed by PMLA court) ended.
The court said the ED has made “remarkable progress” in the investigation. It said, “It is a fact that the money of Rs 1.17 and Rs 1.08 crore was not before the court earlier… Some more amount has been disclosed. ED pointed to the bank statement and further traces…”
“Aspects require further investigation, however, I am of the opinion that the same can be done till August 8, 2022, wherein the ED can look into all aspects,” the court stated.
Earlier, advocate Ranjit Sangle, while filing an intervention application on behalf of witness Swapna Patakar, said that Raut had threatened him.
Responding to the same, the court said, “Sangle cannot justify how such an application was valid under section 167 of CrPC. If any threat has been made by the accused or any person claiming on his behalf, So the person has to approach the concerned authority. If the authority is not taking cognizance then the treatment is different.”
The ED on Monday produced Raut before Justice MG Deshpande of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court and sought his remand for eight days. But the court sent the Shiv Sena leader to the agency’s custody till August 4.
The agency had told the court on Monday that Raut and his family had received “crime proceeds” of over Rs 1 crore due to alleged irregularities in the housing redevelopment project.
The 60-year-old Rajya Sabha member is a close aide of Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray.