In a development that rattled the Maha Vikas Aghadi dispensation, the Enforcement Directorate on Tuesday attached properties of journalist-politician Sanjay Raut, the Man Friday of Maharashtra chief minister and Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray.
Last month, the ED attached properties linked to business entities of Thackeray’s brother-in-law Shridhar Patankar in another case.
The action against the Shiv Sena trouble-shooter and chief spokesperson was in connection with its probe into the Rs 1,040-crore floor space index (FSI) fraud at Patra Chawl at Goregaon suburbs of Mumbai.
60-year-old Raut, who is in New Delhi to attend the Parliament session, immediately spoke to Thackeray and NCP supremo Sharad Pawar, the chief architect of the anti-BJP coalition in Maharashtra.
It may be mentioned, Raut has been in the forefront and had been accusing the BJP-led NDA of misusing central agencies and leaving no chance to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his trusted aide and Union home minister Amit Shah.
The ED has attached eight plots of land at Saphale in Palghar district, Alibaug in Raigad district and a flat in a 32-storeyed building in Dadar in, Mumbai, which is in the name of Varsha Raut, the wife of Raut and Swapna Patkar, the wife of Sujit Patkar.
The total value of the attached assets is Rs 11,15,56,573.
“…satyamev jayate…,” Raut tweeted after the provisional attachment order.
Later speaking to reporters in the national capital, he said: “I am not…