ED issues new summons to Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut for July 27

The Law Enforcement (ED) Directorate has issued a new summons to Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut to appear before it on July 27 in Mumbai after skipping Wednesday’s appeal for questioning in a money laundering case, citing the ongoing parliamentary session in Delhi, sources said.

The Rajya Sabha MP’s lawyers met with ED officials in Mumbai with his written response to the summons and requested time for him after the first week of August.

Sources said Raut (60) expressed his inability to appear before the agency at its Mumbai zonal office on Wednesday as he attended the parliament session.

The ED only relieved him for a week and, according to officials, he has now been asked to give evidence to the federal investigative agency on July 27.

The Sena chief denied any wrongdoing and alleged he was being targeted because of a political vendetta.

Raut is a loyalist to former Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, who was recently forced to resign following a rebellion and split in the Shiv Sena.

Raut was questioned in the case on July 1. He had spent approximately 10 hours with the investigator during which his statement was recorded under the criminal sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

The development comes amid a rebellion in the Shiv Sena with a fight over the party symbol and control of the organization between Thackeray and current Maharashtra chief minister Eknath Shinde.

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