Varsha Raut, the wife of Shiv Sena MP and senior leader Sanjay Raut, has refused to appear before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday in connection with the Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative (PMC) bank scam case. She has asked the agency for time till January 5. The agency had summoned her for the third time and asked her to appear today. Earlier, she twice refused to appear before the agency citing health.
In September last year, the RBI lowered the withdrawal limit and banned the activities of PMC Bank after an alleged fraud of Rs 4,355 crore. The ED later seized movable and immovable assets worth more than Rs 3,830 crore owned by Housing Development Infrastructure Ltd (HDIL) in connection with the case. Meanwhile, Raut has said that sending summons to his wife is cowardice.
Raut has been continuously attacking the central government since his wife was given ED summons. In this episode, on Tuesday, he tweeted, “You try a million, to discredit me, whenever I am scattered, I have flourished at double speed …”
On the ED summons, Raut said in a press conference on Monday, “In the last one year, Sharad Pawar, Eknath Khadse and Pratap Sarnaik have received notices and now all of you are discussing my name. All these people have played an important role in government formation in Maharashtra. These are pieces of paper and nothing else. It is cowardice to target women at home. We are not afraid of anyone and will react similarly. The ED needed some papers and we have submitted them on time. ‘
On receiving notice from his wife, Sanjay Raut said on Monday, “Some senior leaders are asking me not to continue supporting Maha Vikas Aghadi. They have made all preparations to topple our government. I have to prove my point A list of 22 NCP and Shiv Sena MLAs was also shown. ” Sanjay made it clear that despite threats being made by the BJP to topple the Shiv Sena-Nationalist Congress Party-Congress coalition government, the government will not fall.
Raut continued, “This is a political war. We will fight it only politically. Don’t mess up. I am the Shiv Sainik of the late Balasaheb Thackeray. I will expose all of you. I have a list of 120 BJP leaders whose inquiry ED can do this for five years. They will have to flee abroad like Nirav Modi or Vijay Mallya. “
The case relates to HDIL. The Wadhwa brothers of HDIL were arrested in the PMC bank scam. The Wadhwa family took crores of rupees as a loan from the bank and failed to repay. Praveen Raut is considered close to the Wadhwa brothers. The same Praveen Raut is also a close friend of Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut. About 55 lakh rupees were transferred from Praveen’s wife Madhuri’s account to Sanjay’s wife Varsha’s account. ED wants to inquire about this transaction from Varsha.