Ed Raids, Books Sena Min; 3rd In Maha Cabinet To Face Action | Mumbai News

Mumbai: The Enforcement Directorate has filed a case of money laundering against senior Shiv Sena minister Anil Parab and carried out raids on premises in Mumbai, Pune and Dapoli in Ratnagiri which are linked to him and two business associates. Parab is the third minister in the Maharashtra cabinet to be booked under the stringent Prevention of Money Laundering Act, the other two being NCP leaders Anil Deshmukh and Nawab Malik who are both in jail.
The money laundering case against Parab, a three-time legislator and now transport minister in the coalition cabinet, pertains to a land deal and construction of a resort in seaside Dapoli in violation of environment rules.
Parab was present at his official bungalow at Nariman Point during the search. ED officials recorded his statement over eight hours before leaving around 8 pm. Soon after, Parab left to meet CM Thackeray. Parab, a close aide of the CM, has been under the scanner for some time following complaints by BJP leaders.
Parab claimed ED had taken action for sewage flowing into the sea from a closed resort in Dapoli. He said there was no connection with any kind of money laundering to this action. Parab said the resort was owned by Sadanand Kadam and ED had used violations under Environment Protection Act linked to the flow of untreated sewage water into the sea from the resort as a predicate offence (mandatory for registering a money laundering case) against him.
Last year, the ED probed Parab in a case involving former NCP minister Anil Deshmukh after dismissed police officer Sachin Waze claimed he overheard that both had collected money from police officers for favourable postings. The ED had recorded Parab’s statement in the case, but didn’t find any substantial evidence against him.

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