ED officers extorting companies under investigation: Sanjay Raut

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On a day when the Income Tax (IT) department searched the close aides of three Shiv Sena leaders in Maharashtra, party MP Sanjay Raut targeted central agencies, blaming some senior leadership officials. law enforcement to operate an extortion ring under the patronage of the BJP and act as the “ATM” for the party.

Raut said the Mumbai police would investigate a complaint filed against four ED officials for extorting money from businesses under investigation by the agency. “There are officers and their agents threatening builders, businessmen and companies and extorting money from them,” he told a news conference.

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Although he did not name the officials, he did name an individual claiming the person was acting as their agent. He also alleged that money had been transferred to the individual’s businesses from those being investigated by the ED. “Why was the money transferred to this person’s business account?” What services did this man provide? said Raut.

He alleged that the racketeering was organized in collusion with some BJP leaders. He also alleged that ED officials were buying up foreign properties and funding BJP candidates with extorted money.

“A complaint has been lodged with the Mumbai Police…I’m sure some ED officials are bound to go behind bars after this investigation,” Raut said.

He claimed that the frequent raids in Maharashtra by central agencies were an attempt by the BJP to destabilize the state government. “Why are the raids only taking place in West Bengal and Maharashtra. In our state, 14 MVA leaders are facing action. In West Bengal, I believe there are seven leaders facing to an investigation. Why aren’t central agencies investigating wrongdoing in BJP-ruled states. I had complained about the financial actions of some BJP insiders. However, no action was taken” , did he declare.

He also called BJP leader Kirit Somaiya a “serial complainer” and accused him of making financial deals to withdraw his complaints. “In 2015, Somaiya alleged fraud by HDIL and GVK in an airport land deal. In 2016, the complaints ceased shortly after Somaiya’s son became a partner in Nicon Infra LLP, which is related to the accused arrested Rakesh Wadhawan,” Raut alleged.

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