Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik Raided, Son Questioned In Money Laundering Case

The homes and properties of Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik were raided by the Enforcement Directorate today and his son Vihang Sarnaik was taken away for questioning amid reports of his imminent arrest.
The MLA and his son are reportedly being investigated in a money-laundering case.

Vihang Sarnaik was taken by the Enforcement Directorate to one of his father’s homes in Mumbai, sources said.

The searches took place at 10 locations linked to the Shiv Sena MLA in Thane and Mumbai. “The searches are being conducted on the Tops group (a company in the business of providing security) promoters and related people, including some politicians,” Press Trust of India quoted its sources as saying.

The Enforcement Directorate, which handles financial crimes, is investigating money-laundering charges against Pratap Sarnaik; his party Shiv Sena, which heads the Maharashtra coalition government, has accused the ruling BJP at the centre of using the probe agency to target him.

Sena MP and chief spokesperson Sanjay Raut, without naming the BJP, said the party should forget the dream of coming to power in Maharashtra for the next 25 years, “no matter how much pressure it exerts or spreads terror through agencies”

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