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Patra Chawl case: Sanjay Raut's judicial custody extended till 22 Aug

Patra Chawl case: Sanjay Raut's judicial custody extended till 22 Aug

Raut, a Rajya Sabha member, was found to be beneficiary of Rs 1.17 crore of proceeds of crime in addition of Rs 1.06 crore that had come to light earlier, ED had claimed.

Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut (File photo) Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut (File photo)

A special Mumbai court on Monday sent Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut to further judicial custody till 22 August in the probe into the money laundering case.

The announcement comes after Raut was produced before the court before a special court in Mumbai today. The court last Thursday extended Raut's Enforcement Directorate (ED) custody till August 8, while noting the agency had made “remarkable progress” in the probe involving him.

Raut, a Rajya Sabha member, was found to be beneficiary of Rs 1.17 crore of proceeds of crime in addition of Rs 1.06 crore that had come to light earlier, it claimed.

The Shiv Sena leader was arrested on August 1 in connection with alleged financial irregularities in the redevelopment of the Patra Chawl (row tenement) in suburban Goregaon.

The documents seized during the probe showed the purchase of properties at Alibaug in neighbouring Raigad district by Raut involved substantial cash transactions, the ED had said.

As much as Rs 1.08 crore was found in the bank account of Sanjay Raut's wife Varsha Raut, the probe agency had claimed.

The ED on Saturday questioned Varsha Raut for more than nine hours in connection with the case and recorded her statement.

Sanjay Raut, 60, is a close aide of Shiv Sena president and former Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray. He has denied any wrongdoing and called the ED case against him as ''false''.

(With agency inputs)