‘Kept in a room with no window, ventilation’: Sanjay Raut complains to special court judge; ED replied
New Delhi: ‘Enforcement Directorate kept me in a room with no windows and ventilation’, arrested Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut told Judge MG Deshpande of the special court designated to hear cases related to Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) . , Raut made the remarks when the court asked him whether he had any complaint against the ED. The court has also sought clarification from the probe agency on Raut’s complaints.
Responding to Raut, Special Public Prosecutor Hiten Venegaokar, appearing for the ED, said the Shiv Sena leader was kept in an AC room and hence there was no window. Raut later said that though there is an AC arrangement, he cannot use it due to his health condition. The ED had then assured the court that they would be kept in a room with proper ventilation.
Raut was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a money laundering case related to alleged irregularities in the redevelopment of Patra ‘chawl’ in suburban Goregaon and financial asset transactions involving his wife and alleged associates.
Meanwhile, the court has extended Raut’s ED custody till August 8. Earlier on Monday, the court had sent him to ED custody till August 4. On the expiry of his remand, the agency produced him in a special court on Thursday, which extended his period. ED custody. The 60-year-old Rajya Sabha member is a close aide of Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray. He is also the chief spokesperson of Shiv Sena and executive editor of the party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.