A Mumbai court today sent Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, who was arrested in an alleged land scam case, to four days' custody of the Enforcement Directorate (ED). Mr Raut was arrested at midnight following a day of search and questioning at his house after he skipped summons by the probe agency twice.
Mr Raut, 60, alleged he was being targeted by the Centre to weaken Uddhav Thackeray's faction. Mr Thackeray, who heads the Shiv Sena, visited Mr Raut's residence today and met his family.
Here are the Highlights on Sena MP Sanjay Raut's Arrest:
The case in which Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut has been arrested is a Rs 1,000 crore scam in Patra chawl redevelopment project, the Enforcement Directorate has said.
With the Opposition targeting the government in the Rajya Sabha over the arrest of Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, the ruling BJP said today the government does not interfere in the work of enforcement agencies and that law will take its own course. "We are law-makers, not law-breakers," the Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha Piyush Goyal told reporters amid disruption in the House caused by the Opposition's protests over Raut's arrest and other issues.
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today said the Enforcement Directorate's action against Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut seems to be based on certain proofs. "The ED is a national probe agency. It must have taken action against Raut based on documents and proofs. I would not comment on this issue further. His arrest and other related issues will be discussed in the court," said Mr Fadnavis.
A Mumbai court today remanded Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, who was arrested at midnight in an alleged land scam case, to four days in Enforcement Directorate (ED) custody. He will be allowed to have home food and medicines during his ED custody.
The lawyer representing Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut told the court the allegation were part of vendetta politics. "On Sunday morning, his freedom was snatched. He wasn't allowed to leave even though he was arrested only in the night," he said. The lawyer said Mr Raut is suffering from heart-related ailments and therefore should not be interrogated till late night. The Enforcement Directorate said they interrogate only till 10 pm.
Arrested Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut has been produced in the court. On the way to the court, he told mediapersons it's a conspiracy against him.
Arrested Shjv Sena MP Sanjay Raut's brother Sunil Raut, also a party MLA, has reached the sessions court. Sanjay Raut has not been brought in the courtroom yet. On reaching the court premises, the MP raised his hands and said "Jai Maharashtra".
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will visit arrested party MP Sanjay Raut's residence today and meet his family. Mr Raut was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate at midnight after hours of questioning in connection with the re-development of a chawl in Mumbai.
Arrested Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut has come out of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) office and his being taken to Mumbai's JJ Hospital for medical check-up. On coming out the ED office, Mr Raut waived at the cameras of journalists.