Mumbai, August 6
: Varsha Raut, wife of Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut currently in custody, reached the Enforcement Directorate (ED) office for probe into the alleged money-laundering case arising out of the Patra Chawl redevelopment matter on Saturday.
She was issued summons on Thursday after her husband Sanjay Raut was sent to ED custody till August 8 in the same case by a Special PMLA Court.
During her interrogation on Saturday, Varsha Raut is likely to be confronted with her husband by the ED which had informed the SC that it wants to verify certain bank transactions and other related issues pertaining to the allegedly murky deals.
Around 4 ED officers are present during the interrogation including one female. Varsha Raut will be the first woman under the ED scanner to face the investigators in the Patra Chawl case which had erupted in 2018, while another woman whose name figures in the case turned a witness.
The probe in the case picked up momentum recently after collapse of the MVA government headed by the then Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on June 29.
Earlier this week, after Raut was raided on July 31 and nabbed on August 1, Shiv Sena President Thackeray had called on his family members to express solidarity with them.
ED had earlier interrogated Sanjay Raut after his name figured in the scam along with Varsha, besides a close associate Pravin Raut and several other accused, and even attached several of their immovable assets.
Sanjay Raut, summoned at least on two more dates recently but skipped the sleuths citing parliamentary work, has denied any wrongdoings & termed probe as apolitical vendetta' intended to muzzle the Opposition.