The Shiv Sena’s senior leader and Member of Parliament (MP) Sanjay Raut’s wife Varsha Raut has been summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to join in the ongoing investigation in the Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative (PMC) Bank alleged scam. This was, as per sources, the third summon by the Premiere Central government agency in the said matter.
In the earlier two summons by the ED, Varsha had skipped the probe citing her ill health. She also remained absent on Tuesday’s probe and had sought time till Jan 5. In the fresh summon on Tuesday, Dec 29, Varsha has been asked to appear before ED on Jan 5, 2021.
To recall, the PMC scam case came to light around September 2019 when the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had capped the withdrawal limit from any PMC branch till further notice. A lot of depositors had protested against the action on the PMC bank, few even committed suicide after the bank was prohibited to execute any banking transactions till further notice. The total worth of the alleged scam was reported to be around Rs. 4,355 crore.
Later, ED had seized and identified various movable & immovable properties of Housing Development Infrastructure Limited (HDIL) in the matter. The ED had also summoned many corporate and political entities to join the probe in the matter. Varsha Raut was also one of the entities who ED wants to probe in the alleged scam.