Raj Thackeray gets support from cousin Uddhav Thackeray over ED notice

Updated: Aug 21, 2019, 18:06 IST | mid-day online correspondent |

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief and politician Raj Thackeray was summoned by the Enforcement Directorate to appear before it in the Kohinoor Mills land deal case

Raj Thackeray
Raj Thackeray

Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday lent his support to his cousin and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray in connection with a case pertaining to alleged irregularities related to Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS) loan in Kohinoor Mills land deal case.The MNS chief agreed to appear before the ED in connection with the money laundering case on Thursday and also issued a statement to the party leaders and workers asking them to exercise restraint and maintain peace.

While speaking to the media persons at his residence in Kalanagar, Bandra East, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray expressed indirect backing to his cousin Raj Thackeray and said that nothing would emerge from his (Raj's) interrogation by the ED.

While reacting to MNS spokesperson Sandip Deshpande, who had termed the ED move as 'vendetta', Uddhav said that all the people in the state are aware that there is nothing to the case and Raj Thackeray will be unscathed from it.

Uddhav Thackeray's comments came when he was welcoming Congress legislator Nirmala Gavit from Igatpuri to join the Shiv Sena party. Before Raj Thackeray's appeal came, the MNS who had proposed a bandh withdrew the protest which they had proposed in the neighbouring Thane district on Thursday.

On Tuesday, Raj Thackeray took to the micro-blogging site Twitter in order to appeal to his workers to not protest over the issue and not gather near the ED office. Thackeray, who was summoned by the ED for investigation has now got support from his estranged cousin and ruling ally Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray.

The ED officials grilled his former partner in the real estate venture and son of ex-CM Manohar Joshi for eight hours on Monday.

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After the ED had summoned MNS Chief Raj Thackeray, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had warned the MNS party workers of taking strict action if they take the law into their hands. Besides Raj Thackeray, former Lok Sabha Speaker Manohar Joshi's son and realty developer Unmesh Joshi was also summoned by the ED in the money laundering case. On Monday, he appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and was grilled by the agency for over eight hours on Monday, followed by a second round on Tuesday.

After his interrogation, Joshi that the agency had not sent any questionnaire to him and he has assured cooperation in the investigation. The agency is conducting an investigation into the alleged irregularities in IL&FS Group's loan defaulter case in Kohinoor CTNL. The Kohinoor CTNL is the realty company which is developing Kohinoor Square tower in Dadar West, which is located opposite Shiv Sena Bhavan.

Also Read: Manohar Joshi's son Unmesh appears before Enforcement Directorate in IL&FS case

Unmesh Joshi's realty company and their investments were already under a scanner as it is among the prominent defaulters of IL&FS, which is estimated to be around Rs 135 crore. The realty company was launched over a decade ago by Unmesh Joshi and Raj Thackeray, and one of their associate. The realty company was in the process to buy the defunct Kohinoor Mills No. 3 for a whopping Rs 421 crore and the IL&FS company had already pumped in Rs 225 crore.

But, all of a sudden, the IL&FS reportedly backed off from the deal and surrendered its shares for only Rs 90 crores. Eventually, Raj Thackeray who is one of the partners also left the project after selling off his shares. Apparently, Unmesh Joshi's Kohinoor Group, which was founded by his father and former Chief Minister Manohar Joshi was earlier controlled by the Kohinoor CTNL and is at present under the control of a Prabhadevi-based company.

With inputs from IANS and ANI

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    Recently, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray was summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with a case pertaining to alleged irregularities related to Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS) loan in Kohinoor CTNL. After being summoned, Raj Thackeray appeared before the agency on Thursday (August 22) and was questioned for about eight hours and 45 minutes. Pic/Atul Kamble


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    Raj Thackeray arrived at the ED office with his wife Sharmila, son Amit, daughter Urvashi and MNS leader Bala Nandgaonkar. The agency has asked Thackeray to remain present whenever required for investigation. Pic/Atul Kamble

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    In pic: Raj Thackeray takes a look at the vintage camera on display at National Film Archive of India.

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    In pic: Raj Thackeray, the artist engrossed in creative artwork.

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    Raj Thackeray's birth name or full name was Swararaj Shrikant Thackeray which he later shortened to Raj Thackeray

    In pic: Raj Thackeray, a young and fiery politician is escorted by security guards. Raj's son Amit Thackeray shared this picture on Instagram and captioned it: Storm's coming.

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    Raj Thackeray married Sharmila Wagh, now Sharmila Thackeray, daughter of Marathi cinema photographer, producer-director Mohan Wagh. Sharmila and Raj Thackeray are a well-renowned couple in politics and Mumbai. Sharmila is often seen supporting the MNS leader at various public events and functions. The couple has a son, Amit Thackeray and a daughter Urvashi Thackeray.

    In pic: Raj Thackeray with his family on a trip to Europe.

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    In pic: MNS president Raj Thackeray at his residence, Krishna Kunj, in Dadar.

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    In pic: Raj Thackeray with Sharad Pawar

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    Raj Thackeray often attends events related to social causes and for the welfare of society.

    In picture: MNS chief Raj Thackeray shares a meal with his party workers at part worker Ravi Jadhav at his residence in Kuntal village, district Palghar, Vada Tehsil.

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    In picture: Raj Thackeray and Sachin Tendulkar attend the last rites of the latter's coach childhood coach Ramakant Achrekar, who passed away on January 2, 2018, at the age of 86 due to age-old ailments.

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    Back in the day, Raj Thackeray was looked upon as a natural successor to uncle Bal Thackeray (founder of the Shiv Sena). But in November 2005, Raj accused the Sena of promoting “kitchen coterie” and called it a “party run by a bunch of clerks”. In the following year, in January 2006, Raj Thackeray resigned from Shiv Sena and made his intentions clear to start his own political party.

    In picture: Raj Thackeray with his late uncle Bal Thackeray and cousin Uddhav Thackeray, who is the current chief of Shiv Sena party.

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    On March 9, 2006, in Mumbai, Raj Thackeray founded the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) party.

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    Raj Thackeray's party MNS won seven seats in the 2007 Maharashtra civic elections. The figure jumped four-fold when MNS won 28 seats in the 2012 municipal elections. In the 2009 parliamentary elections, MNS-fielded candidates bagged over a lakh votes each in all the six parliamentary constituencies of Mumbai.

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    Raj Thackeray's party MNS' growth in Mumbai and Maharashtra came to a standstill during the 2014 elections. In 2014, Raj Thackeray's party's graph started to see a decline. During the 2014 elections, Raj announced support to BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. The motive was clear, Raj Thackeray wanted to ensure the defeat of Shiv Sena candidates. But, the move backfired and all 10 MNS candidates forfeited their deposits. The Lok Sabha poll debacle continued in the Assembly polls too.

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    In picture: Raj Thackeray and his cousin Uddhav Thackeray.

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    In picture: MNS chief Raj Thackeray with his entourage on his way to meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

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    In picture: Raj Thackeray, wife Sharmila Thackeray and their kids Amit and Urvashi are seen smiling for the paparazzi after casting their votes during the 2017 BMC elections in Mumbai.

    Fact: Raj Thackeray and families excise their votes at Balmohan Vidyalaya, Dadar.

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    During the 2014 Maharashtra Assembly elections Raj Thackeray soft-launched his son Amit into politics and held road shows across the city of Mumbai. In 2017, during the civic polls, Amit Thackeray started a Facebook page to interact with the youth. Amit is regularly seen posting photos of dad Raj's political rallies and much more.

    In pic: Raj Thackeray is caught sharing a lighter moment with son Amit, daughter Urvashi and wife Sharmila at their Shivaji Park residence in Mumbai.

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    In picture: Raj Thackeray interacts with the members of the media.

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    In picture: Raj Thackeray and wife Sharmila arrive at the red carpet of Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta wedding bash held at Jio World Centre, Bandra-Kurla Complex. For the event, Raj Thackeray donned a traditional kurta-churidar and matching formal shoes. The kurta paired with a black jacket complimented his personality. While his wife Sharmila Thackeray was seen wearing a creme coloured Anarkali dress and elegantly embroidered dupatta. The couple from Mumbai looked delightful as they posed together for the camera in their vibrant Indian attire.

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    In picture: Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan Raj Thackeray at his residence in Dadar.

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    In picture: Raj Thackeray shares a light moment with MLA Bandra west Assembly Ashish Shelar at an event in Mumbai.

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    In picture: Raj and Sharmila Thackeray attend the birthday celebration of Bollywood's legendary singer Asha Bhonsale.

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    From book launches to social events and from lunch outings to playing the perfect hosts, Raj Thackeray has forged lifelong relations with movie industry stalwarts and Mumbai socialites. 

    In picture: Raj and Sharmila Thackeray host Sachin Tendulkar and Lata Mangeshkar, both Bharat Ratna award winners, on the occasion of the eighth anniversary of his party MNS at his residence in Dadar.

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    In picture: Raj Thackeray attending the Marathi play 'Gholat Ghol' which completed 100 shows. Also seen in the picture is Mahesh Manjrekar and Sanjay Narverkar.

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    In picture: Raj Thackeray shares a lighting moment with BJP leader Pankaja Munde at the launch of a Marathi book at Taj Lands End in Bandra.

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    In picture: Raj Thackeray is seen interacting with the media post his son Amit's traditional Maharashtrian wedding to fashion designer Mitali Borude in Mumbai.

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