MUMBAI: Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Friday appeared earlier than the Enforcement Directorate (ED) right here to report his assertion in reference to a money-laundering probe.
Raut reached the ED workplace situated on the Ballard Estate in south Mumbai round 11.30 am.
Heavy police power was deployed exterior the central company’s workplace as massive variety of Shiv Sena staff had been current on the spot.
Barricades had been positioned on the roads resulting in the workplace.
After his arrival, the Sena MP, seen sporting a saffron muffler round his neck, waved at his supporters earlier than coming into the workplace alongside along with his lawyer.
Speaking to reporters earlier than going inside, Raut stated, “I’ll co-operate with the company within the investigation.
It had summoned me, they require some data from me and it’s my obligation as a member of Parliament, accountable citizen and chief of a political occasion to co-operate with them.”
He stated he was “fearless and undaunted” as he has “not done anything wrong in life”.
When requested whether or not it’s a politically motivated case, Raut stated, “We will come to know it later. I think I am appearing before the agency, which is neutral, and I have full confidence in them.”
Earlier within the day, the Sena chief posted a tweet saying, “I will be appearing bfore the ED today at 12 noon. I respect the Summons issued to me and it’s my duty to co-operate with the Investigation agencies. I appeal Shivsena workers not to gather at the ED office. Don’t worry !”
The ED had summoned the Rajya Sabha member for questioning within the cash laundering probe linked to the re-development of a Mumbai ‘chawl’ and different associated monetary transactions involving his spouse and associates.
The company had earlier summoned him on June 28.
However, Raut had termed the ED’s summons as a “conspiracy” to cease him from preventing in opposition to the Shiv Sena’s political opponents within the wake of a insurrection by occasion MLAs and stated he won’t be able to look earlier than the company on Tuesday as he needed to attend a gathering in Alibag (Raigad district).
Accordingly, the ED had issued a recent summons and requested him to look earlier than it on Friday.