Patra Chawl land scam: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut has been taken into custody by the Enforcement Directorate. The ED was investigating his house for the last 8 hours. The ED team reached Raut’s house in Bhandup at 7 am. After the arrival of the ED team, Raut’s lawyers also reached his house. Many supporters had also gathered outside. The ED had accused Sanjay Raut of not cooperating in the investigation. According to the information, when he was asked by the investigating agency to accompany him to the ED office, he said that he is the sitting MP. He had sought time till August 7. But now the ED can take them into custody and take them with them. The ED had conducted this raid in the case of money laundering related to Patra Chawl scam. In such a situation, the question arises that what is Patra Chawl scam?
What is Patra Chawl scam?
The Patra Chawl land scam started in 2007. The scam is alleged to have happened with the connivance of Maharashtra Housing and Development Authority (MHADA), Praveen Raut, Guru Ashish Construction and Housing Development and Infrastructure Limited (HDIL). In 2007, MHADA entrusted the work of redevelopment of Patra Chawl to Guru Ashish Construction. This construction was to be done in Siddharth Nagar of Goregaon. A total of 672 houses have been built in 47 acres of land of MHADA. After the redevelopment, Guru Ashish was to give more than three and a half thousand flats to the company. After constructing the flats for MHADA, the remaining land was to be sold to private developers. Even after 14 years, the company did not give flats to the people.
Sanjay Raut’s relation with Patra Chawl land?
It is alleged that instead of building a flat, Guru Ashish Construction sold 47 acres of land to eight different builders. From this the company earned ₹1,034 crore. In March 2018, MHADA lodged an FIR against Guru Ashish Construction. The matter was referred to the Economic Offenses Wing (EOW). EOW arrested Praveen Raut in February 2020. It is said that Praveen Raut is close to Sanjay Raut. He was a director in HDIL along with Sarang Wadhawan and Rakesh Wadhawan in the company. The Wadhawan brothers are the main accused in the PMC Bank scam. Praveen Raut was granted bail by the court but Praveen was arrested by the ED in the PMC Bank scam case.
Sanjay Raut’s wife Varsha Raut also involved in the scam
Praveen Raut was arrested and questioned by the ED. After that Sujit Patkar’s name came in this case. ED raided the premises of Sujit Patkar. Many important documents were found in the raid. ED investigation revealed that Madhuri Raut, wife of Praveen Raut, gave a loan to Varsha Raut, wife of Sanjay Raut. This loan was of ₹55 lakh but it was passed without any loan from the bank. Varsha Raut bought a flat in Dadar with ₹55 lakh taken from the bank. ED questioned Varsha Raut in connection with this flat.
Sanjay Raut’s daughter got a part in the scam
It is alleged that Pravin Raut got ₹95 crore as commission in the MHADA land deal. The link of Sujit Patkar, whose name surfaced and was raided by ED, is also being linked to Sanjay Raut. Sujit is considered close to Sanjay Raut. Apart from this, Sujit Patkar has a wine trading company, in which Sanjay Raut’s daughter is his partner.
Another link is being added to the land deal with Sanjay Raut. Sanjay Raut’s wife Varsha Raut and Sujit Patkar’s wife had bought a land in Alibaug. ED believes that money was also misappropriated to buy this land. Now the ED after investigating all the cases is engaged in linking the links of all the links, although Sanjay Raut has denied these allegations.
Let us tell you about the land scam in which Sanjay Raut is tightening the noose. There is an allegation of scam of about ₹1,034 crore in Patra Chawl land scam. In this case, assets worth ₹9 crore of Sanjay Raut’s aide Praveen Raut and ₹2 crore of Sanjay Raut’s wife Varsha have been attached.