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- Shiv Sena MLA raided by Enforcement Directorate
- Pratap Sarnaik has interests in real estate
- ED yet to reveal details of investigation
Mumbai: Shiv Sena leader and MLA Pratap Sarnaik’s home and offices in Thane have been raided by the Enforcement Directorate early Tuesday morning. ED is conducting searches at 10 other places in Mumbai and Thane with respect to a money laundering case.
Soon after he was appointed one of the main spokespersons, Sarnaik, who also has interests in real estate, had become vocal against the Opposition in the state. He brought in privilege motions against Kangana Ranaut and Arnab Goswami in the previous session of the Assembly.
Sarnaik is said to have a lot of clout in the Thane region and for long had a rivalry with NCP’s Jitendra Awhad. But after the formation of the MVA government, recently they held a joint press conference over a housing scheme launched by Awhad.
Sarnaik is seen as a firebrand politician of the old Shiv Sena mould. He has in the past courted controversy with his less than politically correct statements. Sarnaik has won from Thane multiple times and was rewarded as spokesperson of the party.
Sarnaik had also been vocal during the Sushant Singh Rajput case defending the allegations made against Sena scion Aaditya Thackeray. He had also asked for a drugs probe against actor Kangana Ranaut for her earlier statements about drug consumption.
The ED has not yet commented on the ongoing raids. More details on the exact case being investigated are expected soon. As Sarnaik is close to Matoshree, the party may see this as vendetta politics against him.