Mumbai: Sanjay Raut’s ED Remand Extended, Till August 8

Mumbai, 4th August 2022: Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut has once again been remanded in Enforcement Directorate (ED) custody by the Sessions Court in the mail scam case. At this time, the court remanded Raut in custody till August 8. In the previous hearing, the court gave Raut a hearing till August 4. After that, he was again produced before the court today (August 4).

The ED has alleged that Sanjay Raut and his family received Rs 1.6 crore through mail fraud. ED had conducted a search operation at two places in this case on Tuesday (August 2) to get information about it. The search operation was conducted to gather evidence regarding cash transactions. Soon some persons related to this case will be interrogated.

ED has so far traced the amount of misappropriation and found that around Rs 112 crores were transferred from HDIL to Praveen Raut’s account. This amount was diverted by Praveen Raut to various accounts of his close associates, family members, his professional organizations etc.

Reportedly, Rs one crore six lakh 44 thousand 375 out of this was given to Sanjay Raut’s wife Varshan Raut. Rs 55 lakhs which was received by Varsha Raut in the form of a loan (unsecured) in 2009-2010. A flat was purchased from it.

Apart from this, Varsha Raut and Sanjay Raut got a profit of Rs 37 Lakh 50 thousand through Prathamesh Developers, a business relation of Praveen Raut. Varsha and Sanjay Raut had invested Rs 12 lakh 40 thousand and Rs 17 lakh 10 respectively for this.

The ED informed the court that Varshan Raut got a profit of Rs 1.3 lakh 94 thousand on the investment of only Rs 5 thousand 625  in the company Avni Infrastructure. Apart from this, Sanjay Raut is also involved in the conspiracy of this case and Praveen Raut was used as a pawn.

ED has alleged that Praveen Raut got permission from MHADA by showing his closeness with Sanjay Raut. 10 plots were purchased at Kihim in Alibaug through eight contracts from the amount received by Raut. These contracts are in the name of Swapna Patkar and Sanjay Raut’s wife Varshan Raut. Also, it is alleged that Avni infrastructure was established to transfer the money from mail fraud.

Apart from this, it is alleged that Praveen Raut has paid the expenses of Sanjay Raut’s family’s travel abroad. It is also alleged that Praveen Raut paid Rs 2 lakh in cash every month to Sanjay Raut during the project.

Sanjay Raut’s answer was recorded by ED on June 1, 2022. At that time, Raut said that he was not aware of Praveen Raut’s involvement in the Patrachal project. At this time, when Raut was asked about the amount received from Praveen Raut, the officer said that he did not give any concrete answer.