Patra Chawl Land Scam: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) raided the house of Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut in Bhandup, Mumbai. ED is also questioning them. In this scam, the ED has registered a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
Earlier, Raut was called for questioning on July 20 and 27. But Raut did not reach the ED office; he had sent a message through his lawyer that he could come for questioning only till August 7.
In this case, in April, the ED had attached assets worth more than Rs 11.15 crore of Sanjay Raut’s wife, Varsha Raut and their close ones. But what is the full story of this Patra Chawl land scam?
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In 2018, the Maharashtra Housing and Development Authority (MHADA) filed a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. This case was against Rakesh Kumar Wadhawan, Sarang Kumar Wadhawan and others.
According to the ED, during an investigation, it came to light that Guru Ashish Construction had got the task of redeveloping Patra Chawl. This work was entrusted to him by MHADA. Under this, the construction company was to redevelop the houses of 672 tenants in Patra Chawl.
Patra Chawl is made in Goregaon, Mumbai. The area on which these flats were to be redeveloped was 47 acres. Guru Ashish Construction misled MHADA and sold this land to 9 builders without constructing a flat. From this, he got Rs 901.79 crore.
Later Guru Ashish Construction started a project called Meadows and raised Rs 138 crore for the flat from home buyers. The investigation revealed that Guru Ashish Construction illegally earned more than Rs 1,039.79 crore. Later illegally transferred the amount to the associates.
Guru Ashish Construction Private Limited is the sister company of Housing Development and Infrastructure Limited (HDIL). Rakesh Wadhawan, Sarang Wadhawan and Praveen Raut were also directors in HDIL.
According to the ED, the investigation revealed that HDIL had deposited about Rs 100 crore in Praveen Raut’s account. Later this money was sent by Praveen Raut from different bank accounts to his close friends, family members and business institutions.
The investigation also revealed that in 2010, Praveen Raut’s wife Madhuri had transferred Rs 83 lakh to the account of Sanjay Raut’s wife, Varsha Raut. This money was earned illegally. With this amount, Varsha Raut bought a flat in Dadar.
It also came in the ED investigation that Varsha Raut sent Rs 55 lakh to Madhuri Raut’s account after the investigation started. According to the ED, Praveen Raut, Rakesh Wadhawan, and Sarang Wadhawan have misappropriated more than a thousand crore rupees.
ED had said that in 2010, Praveen Raut received Rs 95 crore for equity sale and land deal. However, the company could not complete this project. Overall, Praveen Raut, Rakesh Wadhawan and Sarang Wadhawan misappropriated crores of rupees in the redevelopment project.
In this case, the ED had raided the places related to Praveen Raut and his close aide Sujit Patkar. Praveen Raut was arrested in the case, and Patkar’s statement was recorded.
The name of the Praveen Rawat and Wadhawan brothers also came in the PMC Bank scam. Praveen Raut and Sanjay Raut are reportedly friends. At the same time, Sujit Patkar is also considered close to Sanjay Raut. Sujit Patkar is also a partner in a wine trading company with Sanjay Raut’s daughter.
Apart from this, Patkar’s wife and Sanjay Raut’s wife had also bought land in Alibaug. This land deal of Alibaug is also on the radar of ED.
Patkar also got contracts to build Kovid centres at many places in Mumbai and Thane. BJP leader Kirit Somaiya had alleged irregularities in these contracts. Somaiya had filed a complaint against Patkar and his company at the Shivaji Nagar police station in Pune.
Praveen Raut is also an accused in the PMC Bank scam. In December 2020, his assets worth more than Rs 72 crore were attached in the case related to this scam. The ED had last year questioned Varsha Raut in connection with the PMC Bank scam and relations with Madhuri Raut (Praveen’s wife).
It was found in the investigation that Varsha Raut and Madhuri Raut are partners in Avani Construction. In this company, Varsha Raut had contributed only Rs 5,625, while he got Rs 12 lakh from this company.