After the arrest of Mr. Sanjay Raut, the Member of Parliament (MP) of Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena, the party issued a notice of business suspension in the Rajya Sabha.
On the 1st of August, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) arrested the Shiv Sena MP Mr. Sanjay Raut for money laundering, land scam, and irregularities in the re-development project of a Mumbai chawl. The investigation was launched last week, following which a raid was carried out at the residence of Sanjay Raut, where they seized an amount of Rs. 11.50 lakh, along with other documents.
Furthermore, in the suspension of the Rajya Sabha notice, the Shiv Sena party criticized the misuse of investigative agencies such as the Enforcement Directorate (ED,) the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), and the Income Tax (IT.) The notice issued by Ms. Priyanka Chaturvedi, the Shiv Sena MP, read, “That this august House agrees to suspend the listed business of the day to discuss the misuse of premier investigative agencies such as Enforcement Directorate (ED), Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), and the Income Tax (IT) by the Central government for political agendas and detaining opposition leaders through these agencies in a bid to silence them.”
The arrest of Shiv Sena MP Mr. Sanjay Raut came at a time when there is a tussle between the Shiv Sena and the newly formed Maharashtra Government by the Eknath Shinde-led MLAs and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP.) Furthermore, this is not the first ED raid and investigation in the money laundering cases against political leaders, especially non-BJP leaders and opposition parties.
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