ED asks Sanjay Raut’s wife to appear before it today in PMC Bank Scam Case

Mumbai: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has directed Varsha Raut, wife of Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut to appear before it today in association with the Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative (PMC) Bank scam case.

This is the third summons sent to her as she had skipped the earlier two summons citing ill health, news agency ANI reported.

In September a year ago, the RBI had restricted the withdrawal limit and confined the exercises of the PMC Bank after supposed extortion of Rs 4,355 crore became exposed.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had later seized and recognized portable and enduring resources worth more than Rs 3,830 crore claimed by Housing Development Infrastructures Ltd (HDIL) regarding the case.

Earlier, Sanjay Raut said on Monday that he is not afraid of anyone and called the summons an act of cowardice.

Shiv Sena MP was quoted as saying by news agency ANI, “Targeting women of a household is an act of cowardice. We are not scared of anyone and will respond accordingly. ED needed some papers and we have submitted them in time.”

Sanjay Raut stated about ED action, reflected “frustration” of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) against him, attributable to his role in the development of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government a year ago and because he didn’t yield to the pressure to make it temperamental, news agency PTI reported.

Aaditya Thackeray, Yuva Sena president, and state minister called the ED action “politically motivated”.