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The custody of Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, arrested in Patra Chawl scam, may be extended once again. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) will produce them in a special court in Mumbai today. It is believed that the ED officials can demand extension of the remand from the court.
Raut was produced in the court last Thursday. Subsequently, the special court extended the ED’s custody till August 8. At the same time, the ED had also summoned Sanjay Raut’s wife Varsha Raut for questioning.
The arrest was made on July 31.
Raut, 60, a close aide of Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, was arrested on July 31. The ED had raided Raut’s house early in the morning. He was taken into custody after about eight hours of interrogation, after which he was arrested late in the night. The court had sent him to ED custody till August 4. After this his remand was extended till August 8.
Patra Chawl scam worth 1039.79 crores
In 2007, an agreement was signed by the society between Maharashtra Housing Development Authority (MHADA) and Guru Construction Company for redevelopment of houses of 672 families on 47 acres of land at Patra Chawl in Siddharth Nagar, Goregaon, Mumbai western suburb. Under this agreement, the company was to make more than three and a half thousand flats and give them to MHADA. After that the remaining land was to be sold to private developers. Rakesh Wadhawan, Sarang Wadhawan, Praveen Raut and Guru Ashish of DHIL were the directors of this company. It is alleged that the company misled MHADA and deposited Rs 901 crore by selling FSI of Patra Chawl to 9 different builders. After that Rs 138 crore was collected in the name of flat booking by starting a new project called Meadows. But 672 people were not given their houses. In this way a scam of Rs 1039.79 crore happened in Patra Chawl scam. After that in 2018, MHADA filed an FIR against Guru Construction Company.
Sanjay Raut connection of Patra Chawl
Praveen Raut, who was the director of Guru Construction Company, is close to Sanjay Raut. Praveen was arrested by the ED in February 2022. It is said that Praveen earned Rs 95 crore from Patra Chawl scam and distributed that money to his relatives and friends. Out of this, 55 lakh rupees had come in the account of Sanjay Raut’s wife Varsha Raut. With this amount, Raut had bought a flat in Dadar. ED has already questioned Varsha Raut. Varsha had told that he had taken this money from Madhuri, wife of Praveen Raut, to buy the flat. After interrogation by ED, Varsha transferred the money to Madhuri’s account.