Times of India | 1 week ago | 07-08-2022 | 05:10 am
MUMBAI: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) questioned Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut's wife Varsha Raut for around 10 hours on Saturday in a money laundering case connected to the Patra Chawl redevelopment case. The ED asked Varsha Raut about the information collected during Sanjay Raut's custodial interrogation and witness statements. The ED had arrested Sanjay Raut in the case last Monday. Raut allegedly received Rs 3.3 crore proceeds of crime from Pravin Raut, a key accused in the Patra Chawl case, most of it in Varsha's account. Housing Development and Infrastructure Ltd (HDIL) had allegedly committed the Patra Chawl redevelopment fraud through its subsidiary, GuruAshish Construction. Pravin Raut, the alleged frontman of Sanjay Raut, was one of the directors in GuruAshish. The ED said the Patra land was owned by the state agency Mhada and Pravin Raut coordinated with it to get permissions which helped GuruAshish commit a Rs 1,200 crore fraud. Pravin Raut allegedly received Rs 112 crore in 2010 from HDIL after which he left GuruAshish. He allegedly transferred part of the money to Sanjay Raut. The ED had reportedly established the trail of Rs 3.3 crore that Pravin Raut diverted to the Rauts. Sanjay Raut told the ED his and Pravin Raut's wives were friends because of which they came in contact with each other. The ED alleged in 2010, Varsha Raut received Rs 55 lakh unsecured loan from Pravin Raut, which was used to buy a flat in Dadar. It alleged she also received Rs 14 lakh as profit against her investment of Rs 5,625 only in a company, Avani Infrastructure, jointly owned by her and Madhuri Raut, wife of Pravin Raut. The Rauts invested Rs 29.5 lakh in Pravin Raut's Prathamesh Developer, and in a month earned Rs 37.5 lakh profit. The ED collected documents that show Rauts received over Rs 2 crore more routed via different individuals.