Will be summoned for questioning as the drama continues: Shiv Sena’s Anil Parab

Amid the ongoing political crisis in Maharashtra, Transport Minister and Shiv Sena leader Anil Parab, who is a close associate of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, is facing an investigation by the Enforcement Directorate of the law (ED). Leaving the ED office on Wednesday, Parab said, “Until the drama unfolds in the state, they will hold me for questioning.”

Asked about Uddhav Thackeray’s departure from the chief minister’s residence, he said: “I have known the Thackeray family very closely and they have no love for power. I heard he said that if the deputies felt he should not be chief minister, he would leave the bungalow the same day.

Parab said Uddhav Thackeray proved that the Shiv Sena can go without electricity. “Shiv Sena was born for wrestling and we will keep fighting until the end.”

Parab was interrogated for about seven hours on Wednesday, the second day of his interrogation. On Tuesday, Parab was interrogated at the Mumbai ED office for around 11 hours. Parab is under investigation in the money laundering case related to its compound built in Dapoli, Ratnagiri district.

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WHAT IS THE CASE?

A complaint under the Environmental Protection Act has been filed against Parab and others by officials of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change for violation of the CRZ. Based on the case, ED opened investigations against Parab and conducted searches at various locations on May 26, including two of Parab’s residences.

Previously, Parab’s assistants, Sadanand Kadam and Sanjay Kadam, were also from ED.

During the investigation, it emerged that in 2011, a Vibhas Sathe bought land in Dapoli and then sold it to Parab in 2017 at a price of Rs 1 crore. The deed of sale for the sale did not take place until 2019.

Parab then built a compound on the land and then sold it to Sadanand Kadam for Rs 1.1 crore. The Income Tax Department had conducted a search and it was revealed that Rs 6 crore had been spent on the construction of the complex on the Dapoli land, but no books were kept for this. Sources said Sadanand Kadam was suspected of spending his cable company’s money on the construction of the station.

Former MP Kirit Somaiya had filed several complaints with the authorities regarding the illegal resort built by Parab in Dapoli.