- ED attaches assets of company owned by Shridhar Patankar, brother-in-law of Maha CM
- ED has attached both immovable and movable properties worth more than Rs 6 crore
- Shridhar Patankar, brother-in-law of Maharashtra CM, is under ED scanner in money laundering case
The Enforecement Directorate (ED) has attached Rs 6.45-crore assets of company owned by Shridhar Madhav Patankar, the brother-in-law of Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, in money laundering case, officials said on Tuesday.
As per reports, ED has attached immovable and movable properties worth more than Rs 6 crore, including residential units in Neelambari project in Thane.
In a statement, the Enforcement Directorate said it has issued a provisional order under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) to attach 11 residential flats in Neelambari project, located in Thane near Mumbai, of Shree Saibaba Grihanirmiti Private Limited.
Shridhar Madhav Patankar, the brother of Thackeray's wife Rashmi, "owns and controls" Shree Saibaba Grihanirmiti Private Limited, it said.
The agency alleged funds that were allegedly siphoned off in a money laundering case being investigated against a company named Pushpak Bullion were "parked" in the real estate projects of Shree Saibaba Grihanirmiti Pvt.
Speaking on the matter, NCP chief Sharad Pawar slammed the Centre saying, "Central agencies being misused for political interests.Till a few years ago most people didn't know about ED, but today it's being misused so much that even people in villages know about it."
Hitting out at the Centre, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said, "Looks like ED has closed its office in other big states, like Gujarat. Everything is happening in Maharashtra. Mamata Banerjee's nephew Abhishek Banerjee is also being harassed. But neither Bengal will bow, nor Maharashtra will break."
(With inputs from PTI)