ED Summons Sanjay Raut, 'Behead Me But Won't Take Guwahati Route,' Says Shiv Sena MP

'This is a conspiracy to stop me,' Raut has tweeted.

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New Delhi: The Enforcement Director has summoned Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Tuesday, June 28, for questioning in a money laundering probe linked to the re-development of Mumbai’s Patra Chawl.

The Rajya Sabha MP has been asked to depose before the federal agency at its office in south Mumbai on June 28 and record his statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

“There are big political developments in Maharashtra. We, Balasaheb’s Shivsainiks are fighting a big battle. This is a conspiracy to stop me. Even if you behead me, I won’t take the Guwahati route. Arrest me!,” Raut said in a tweet.

The development comes as the Shiv Sena party battles rebellion from a group of its MLAs, putting a question mark on the future of Maharashtra’s Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government. The rebel camp of MLAs are at present at a hotel in Guwahati, in Assam.

Raut, who is aligned with Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, had on June 23, said that the Enforcement Directorate under the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Union government was misused to create pressure on Shiv Sena legislators who were rebelling.

“He who leaves the party under ED pressure is not a true Balasaheb bhakt. We’re true Balasaheb bhakts,” he had said, according to NDTV.

The ED in April provisionally attached assets worth more than Rs 11.15 crore of Raut’s wife Varsha Raut and two of his associates as part of this investigation.