ED Interrogates, Records State Minister Anil Parab’s Statement in Money Laundering Case; ongoing raids
Earlier in the day, the agency carried out raids on several locations in Maharashtra as part of the investigation against Parab and others. Raids are ongoing.
According to reports, at least seven premises, including Parab’s official residence in Mumbai, and related premises in Dapoli and Pune were searched by the agency.
It comes after the federal agency filed a new case under the criminal sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
Parab has served three times as a Shiv Sena MP in Maharashtra’s Legislative Council, the upper house of the legislature, and is the state’s Minister of Transport and Parliamentary Affairs. The 57-year-old leader faces multiple charges of alleged impropriety and corruption, which allegedly formed the basis of the latest ED case.
The first accusation concerns the alleged purchase of a plot of land in Dapoli by Parab in 2017 for a consideration of Rs 1 crore but it was registered in 2019.
According to allegations, the land was later sold to a Mumbai-based cable operator Sadanand Kadam in 2020 for a consideration of Rs 1.10 crore. In the meantime, a complex was built on the same land from 2017 to 2020.
These allegations were that the Income Tax Department made these allegations after conducting raids in March against some people allegedly close to Parab like Kadam and Deputy Regional Transport Officer (RTO) Bajrang Kharmate.
Following the investigation, the Central Board of Direct Taxation (CBDT) released a statement in which it alleged that construction of the complex started in 2017 and that more than Rs 6 crore had been spent in cash on the construction of the complex.
The agency is also investigating other charges.
The ED has questioned Parab (57) in the past in another money laundering case linked to former minister Anil Deshmukh.
Reactions pour in as ED raids multiple locations in money laundering probe against Anil Parab
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said the party supports Parab. “We support Anil Parab. The BJP is using central government agencies against the opposition. This is just a plot to defame the government of Maharashtra,” Raut told reporters.
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar also reacted to the raid, questioning why this action was taken against Parab. “Central investigative agencies have the right (to search and raid) but their powers must not be misused. I don’t know why this action was taken against the Min Anil Parab state. All I want to say , is that the action has to happen in a transparent way,” Pawar told the media.
Bharatiya Janata party leader, BJP leader Kirit Somaiya said Maharashtra minister Anil Parab should be prepared to go behind bars.