On Tuesday morning the Enforcement Directorate (ED) carried out searches at 10 premises in Mumbai including Thane-based Shiv Sena legislator Pratap Sarnaik in connection with a money laundering case.
Sarnaik is the MLA from the Ovala-Majiwada Vidhan Sabha constituency in Thane. Also, he is a Shiv Sena’s Maharashtra Spokesperson and the Communication Leader for the Mira-Bhayandar area. Apart from this Sarnaik is the Chairman of Vihang Group of Companies with interests in varied sectors.
As per the latest report, the search is being conducted by ED and the team against Tops Group (a company in the business of providing security) promoters and related people, including some politicians. Besides Sarnika’s residence, the ED officials said premises linked to MLA’sons, Purvesh, and Vihang, have also been searched.
On ED’s raid at Sarnnaik’s premises, Shiv Sena and the ruling government slammed the Opposition for using Central agencies to pressurize the MVA government and demoralize its leaders.
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut cited on this, “We all know that the ED and CBI are being misused, they are puppets in the hands of the Centre. But, we will not bow down before anybody.”
A few weeks back, the Shiv Sena MLA Sarnaik was in the news after demanding that Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut to be booked for sedition for comparing Mumbai to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).