EN­FORCE­MENT RAJ

India Today - - UPFRONT -

On Au­gust 22, the En­force­ment Direc­torate (ED) grilled Raj Thack­eray for over eight hours about an al­leged case of money laun­der­ing. This led to the state op­po­si­tion ral­ly­ing be­hind the Ma­ha­rash­tra Navnir­man Sena (MNS) pres­i­dent, terming the in­ter­ro­ga­tion a po­lit­i­cal vendetta. But highly-placed sources in­sist the ED found sus­pi­cious trans­ac­tions by the MNS leader’s real es­tate firm, Matoshree In­fra­struc­ture. The firm al­legedly sold some flats ‘on pa­per’ and then re­pur­chased them at a higher value. The source claims Rs 78 crore was cred­ited to Thack­eray’s ac­count after this sale and re­pur­chase. Thack­eray has kept mum so far, and with state elec­tions just two months away, the BJP might like him to stay that way.

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