Patra Chawl Scam: 3 crore cash received from Praveen Raut, Sanjay Raut bought 9 plots in Alibaug with the same money?

Mumbai: Sanjay Raut is under the clutches of ED in Patra Chawl land scam. The Shiv Sena leader has been accused of money laundering. Meanwhile, a new revelation has come to light in the investigation of the ED, which is probing this scam of more than one thousand crores. According to sources, after the raids in Mumbai on Tuesday, it has been found that Sanjay Raut had taken three crore rupees in cash from the main accused Praveen Raut. Later, Sanjay Raut allegedly bought 9 plots in Alibaug area with the same money. It is being told that Raut had paid cash to buy the plot. Raut was arrested late Monday night by the ED after a long interrogation.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday searched two premises in the city in connection with the Patra Chaal money laundering case involving Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut. It is alleged that Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, who was trapped in the Patra Chawla land scam, bought 10 plots and paid it in cash of Rs 3 crore. Now the ED is probing the cash payment that Raut had allegedly received from HDIL and his close friend Praveen Raut.

Questioning of former accountant of HDIL
Of the two premises searched by the ED, one belonged to a person who was earlier linked to HDIL and handled its cash transactions. The ED recorded his statement in the case. The ED is probing the cash that Sanjay Raut got from Praveen Raut. Praveen was one of the directors of Guru Ashish Construction, a subsidiary of HDIL. The ED is also probing whether Sanjay Raut had received instructions from HDIL to pay cash as well.

ED has already attached
Other premises searched were of HDIL promoter Rakesh Wadhawan and his son Sarang, who are in jail in a money laundering case related to the Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative Bank scam. It is alleged that the cash received from the Patra Chawl fraud deal was diverted to Raut and such over Rs 3 crore was used to buy eight plots in Alibaug. The ED had earlier attached these lands. ED officials are probing people linked to cash transactions.

‘70% payment done in cash’
ED says that a flat was bought in central Mumbai. Cash was given to buy one plot in Khim and 10 pieces of land in Alibaug. ED’s counsel Hiten Venegaonkar told the court, “Around 60-70% of the amount was paid in cash to buy these lands.”

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