Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Uddhav Thackeray’s brother-in-law in ED’s net; properties attached

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached, provisionally,  some Rs 6-crore worth properties owned by Shridhar Madhav Patankar, brother-in-law of Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, in a money-laundering case. 

The is besides the 11 residential flats in the Neelambari project in Thane which belong to a firm owned by Patankar — Shree Saibaba Grihanimiti Pvt Ltd. 

During an investigation, the ED found that a company Pushpak Bullion, belonging to Pushpak Group, had funnelled a part of illegally earned money into accounts of Shree Saibaba Grihanirmiti Pvt Ltd and it was used to purchase the above-mentioned 11 flats in Thane. 

Shridhar Patankar is the brother of Rashmi Thackeray, wife of Uddhav Thackeray and editor of Saamna newspaper. 

Former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has recently shared a pen drive with 125 hours of “evidence”, alleging how the Maharashtra government was misusing agencies to target the opposition. In retaliation, the Shiv Sena hit back alleging that central agencies were used by the federal government to target regional parties.

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