ED hammers Shivsena with Multiple raids today
Shiv Sena leader and Mahrashtra's cabinet minister 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.
After he was appointed as 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 influence 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 for his loyalty with a cabinet berth.
Sarnaik was also 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 in next few hours.