Mumbai: Raj Thackeray reaches ED office with family in tow

Updated: Aug 22, 2019, 12:36 IST | mid-day online correspondent

The MNS Raj Thackeray leader reached the ED office around 11.30 am accompanied by wife Sharmila, son Amit and daughter in law Mitali

Raj Thackeray reaches ED office with family in tow. Pic/Atul Kamble
Raj Thackeray reaches ED office with family in tow. Pic/Atul Kamble

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray with his family members in tow reached the agency's office in south Mumbai on Thursday. Raj Thackeray reached the ED office around 11.30 am in connection with a money laundering case summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). He was accompanied by wife Sharmila, son Amit and daughter in law Mitali. After Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray entered the office alone, his family members camped at a nearby hotel. The ED has summoned Raj Thackeray in a case pertaining to alleged irregularities related to Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS) loan to Kohinoor CTNL.

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Section 144 of CrPC (banning unlawful assembly) has been imposed by the Mumbai police imposed outside the ED office and in some parts of Dadar, where the MNS chief Raj Thackeray resides and parts of central Mumbai. According to news agency, PTI, the initiative was taken apprehending law and order problem, a police official said. "Raj has appealed his party workers not to throng outside the ED office but we don't want to take any chances," the official said. Meanwhile, MNS leader Sandeep Deshpande, donning a tee shirt with "EDiot Hitler" with a emblazoned on it, was taken into custody by police on Thursday morning. The tee shirt also had the Nazis' principal symbol the Hakenkreuz, "hooked-cross" printed on it.

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MNS workers Rajan More and Santosh Dhuri were detained from Thane and Mumbai respectively. "We have imposed Section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code under the jurisdiction of Mata Ramabai Ambedkar Marg Police Station, where the ED office is located," the official informed. "Section 144 prohibits an assembly of more than four
persons in an area where there is likelihood of breach of peace and disturbance of public tranquility," he said. The news agency also reported that Raj Thackeray had appealed the party workers not to protest over the issue, there are possibilities of gathering of supporters outside the ED office, the official said. "The area outside the ED office has been covered with barricades from three sides of the building and there is just one way to enter or exit," the official said.

The ED is probing alleged irregularities relating to loans and equity investment worth over Rs 450 crore by IL&FS in Kohinoor CTNL Infrastructure Company, which is developing Kohinoor Square tower in Mumbai's Dadar area. Manohar Joshi, Former Maharashtra chief minister and senior Shiv Sena leader's son Unmesh Joshi was also summoned by the ED in this case.

With inputs from PTI

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Raj Thackeray reaches Enforcement Directorate office with family
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    Amid a crackdown on his activists, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena President Raj Thackeray left for the Enforcement Directorate (ED) responding to the summons in a case pertaining to the IL&FS, here on Thursday. Accompanied by his family members and top party office-bearers, Thackeray left his residence under a tight police escort to the ED headquarters in Ballard Estate in south Mumbai.

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    The MNS leader Raj Thackeray reached the ED office around 11.30 am, accompanied by wife Sharmila, son Amit and daughter in law Mitali. After Raj entered the office alone, his family members camped at a nearby hotel

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    The ED has summoned Raj in a case pertaining to alleged irregularities related to Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS) loan to Kohinoor CTNL. Mumbai police imposed section 144 of CrPC (banning unlawful assembly) outside the ED office and in some parts of Dadar, where the MNS chief resides and parts of central Mumbai

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    The ED is probing alleged irregularities relating to loans and equity investment worth over Rs 450 crore by IL&FS in Kohinoor CTNL Infrastructure Company, which is developing Kohinoor Square tower in Mumbai's Dadar area.

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    Police personnel have been deployed in Dadar area in central Mumbai and other places where MNS has a stronghold, to maintain law and order. Mumbai police on Wednesday served notices to MNS functionaries and several party workers under section 149 of CrPC as a precautionary measure. Section 149 pertains to prevention of cognisable offences.

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    Security has also been beefed up at the ED's office situated at Ballard Estate ahead of MNS leader's appearance. Police have installed barricades and are monitoring movements near the probe agency's office.

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