India / Shiv Sena hangs posters outside ED office calling it 'BJP state headquarters'

Zoom News : Dec 28, 2020, 06:06 PM
Mumbai: The Shiv Sena on Monday put up posters outside the Enforcement Directorate (ED) office calling it the state headquarters of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), causing the Mumbai Police to step in.

The incident comes a day after the ED summoned Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP and chief spokesperson Sanjay Raut's wife Varsha for questioning in connection with the Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative (PMC) Bank money laundering case. Varsha Raut has been summoned on December 29 for the third time after she failed to comply with the two summons sent earlier on grounds of illness.

The Shiv Sena has been alleging that the BJP is using central agencies like the CBI, Income Tax Department and the ED to target leaders of non-BJP ruled states.

Not scared of anyone: Shiv Sena

Reacting to the summon, Sanjay Raut said on Monday that he was “not scared of anyone”. “Targeting women of a household is an act of cowardice. We are not scared of anyone and will respond accordingly. ED needed some papers and we have submitted them in time,” Raut told media.

The Sena spokesperson also listed the names of other state leaders, including NCP chief Sharad Pawar, who were sent notices by the agency.

“In last one year, Sharad Pawar, Eknath Khadse and Pratap Sarnaik got notices and now you all are discussing my name. All these people are crucial for government formation in Maharashtra. These are pieces of paper, nothing else,” he said.

On Sunday, Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray also described the ED summons as “politically motivated”. “The ED move is politically motivated. We are not scared. The MVA (Maha Vikas Aghadi) government is stable,” Aaditya, son of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, said, PTI reported.

The ED had filed a PMLA case to probe the alleged loan fraud in the PMC Bank in October last year against the HDIL, its promoters Rakesh Kumar Wadhawan and his son Sarang Wadhawan, its former chairman Waryam Singh and ex-managing director Joy Thomas.