New Delhi: A special court in Mumbai on Monday remanded Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut to the custody of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) till August 4 in a money laundering case.
The ED, which produced Raut before the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court judge MG Deshpande, sought his remand for eight days. The ED, represented by special public prosecutor Hiten Venegaonkar, told the court that Raut and his family were direct beneficiaries of the proceeds of crime.
Raut’s lawyer Ashok Mundargi argued that the allegations are vague and raised due to political vendetta. “Sanjay Raut’s arrest is politically motivated. He is a patient with a heart-related ailment. He had also undergone surgery. Papers related to this have been presented before the court.”
Taking cognisance of the Shiv Sena MP’s health condition, the court said, “As the accused is suffering from heart disease, ED should consider hospitalisation for the accused if required and also maintain hours for interrogation noting this aspect.”
The court also allowed two applications filed by Raut — one for medicines and home cooked food, and second for legal consultation.
Earlier, today Shiv Sena supremo and former chief minister Uddhav Thackeray visited Raut’s family, including his elderly mother, wife, daughters. Thackeray visited Raut’s residence in Bhandup along with party MP Arvind Sawant, MLA Ravindra Waikar and Sena leader Milind Narvekar.
The ED arrested Raut on Sunday midnight in connection with alleged financial irregularities in the redevelopment of a ‘chawl’ in Mumbai and related financial property transactions involving his wife and alleged associates.