SS’s Sanjay Raut, AAP’s Satyendra Jain under ED radar
Tuesday proved to be the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) property attachment day as it attached properties of Key leaders of Shiv Sena and Aam Admi Party (AAP). The ED attached AAP Minister and the party’s money bag Satyendra Jain and Shiv Sena Spokesperson Sanjay Raut linked properties. ED said that it has attached properties worth Rs.4.81 crore of the family and companies “beneficially owned and controlled” by Delhi minister Satyendar Jain in connection with a money-laundering probe. Jain is the minister for health, power, home, PWD, industries, urban development, flood, irrigation, and water in the Arvind Kejriwal-led government.
Meanwhile, ED also attached assets worth more than Rs.11.15 crore of Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut’s wife and two of his associates in a money-laundering investigation linked to certain land deals. The attached properties are in form of lands held by Pravin M Raut, former director of Guru Ashish Construction Pvt Ltd, in Palghar and Thane districts, a flat in Mumbai’s suburban Dadar area of Sanjay Raut’s wife Varsha Raut, and eight plots at Kihim beach in Alibaug jointly held by Varsha Raut and Swapna Patkar, the agency said in a statement.
Swapna Patkar is the wife of Sujit Patkar is a close associate of Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena’s Rajya Sabha MP and party spokesperson. In the Alibaug land deal, apart from the registered value, “cash” payments were made to the sellers, the agency found. It said the total value of the attached assets is Rs.11,15,56,573.
Pravin Raut was arrested by the ED in February as part of a money-laundering probe linked to an Rs.1,034 crore alleged land scam related to the re-development of the Patra ‘chawl’ in Mumbai’s Goregaon area. He is in judicial custody at present. Guru Ashish Construction Pvt Ltd was involved in the re-development of this ‘chawl’ which had 672 tenants in tenements on 47 acres of land belonging to Maharashtra Housing Area Development Authority (MHADA), the ED earlier said.
Guru Ashish Construction Pvt Ltd is a subsidiary company of Housing Development Infrastructure Ltd. (HDIL). HDIL is under investigation by the ED and a few other agencies in connection with the about Rs.4,300 crore alleged fraud at the Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative (PMC) Bank. The ED said the company (Guru Ashish) had entered into a “tripartite agreement’ with the tenants and MHADA to re-develop the ‘chawl’.
According to the agreement, the ED said, the developer had to provide flats to 672 tenants and develop flats for MHADA, and thereafter the remaining area was sold by the developer. “The directors of Guru Ashish Constructions mislead MHADA and managed to sell the FSI (floor space index) to nine developers and collected about Rs.901.79 crore without constructing the rehab portion for 672 displaced tenants and MHADA portion,” said ED.
The ED had 2018 questioned Delhi Minister Satyendra Jain in connection with the case. Since then AAP leaders were crying from the rooftop that ED under political vendetta was going to arrest Jain. It is well known that Satyendra Jain is handling the money affairs of the AAP and once rebel leader Kapil Mishra accused that he has seen Jain handling cash-filled bags to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. However, no AAP leader refuted this allegation and preferred to keep silent.
The “attached immovable properties worth Rs.4.81 crore belonging to Akinchan Developers Pvt. Ltd., Indo Metal Impex Pvt Ltd, Paryas Infosolutions Pvt. Ltd., Manglayatan Projects Pvt. Ltd., J.J. Ideal Estate Pvt. Ltd., Swati Jain, wife of Vaibhav Jain, Sushila Jain, wife of Ajit Prasad Jain, and Indu Jain, wife of Sunil Jain.” The probe found that “during the period 2015-16, when Satyendar Kumar Jain was a public servant, the companies beneficially owned and controlled by him received accommodation entries to the tune of Rs.4.81 crore from shell companies against cash transferred to Kolkata-based entry operators through the hawala route.”
“These amounts were utilized for direct purchase of land or for repayment of loan taken for the purchase of agricultural land in and around Delhi,” ED mentioned. The ED case of money laundering against the AAP minister stems from an August 2017 FIR by the CBI against him and others on charges of alleged possession of disproportionate assets.
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