NEW DELHI: Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut was questioned by the Directorate of Enforcement (ED) for over 10 hours on Friday in connection with a money laundering investigation. Raut reached the ED office located at the Ballard Estate in South Mumbai at around 11:30 am and left at around 10pm.
Coming out of the ED office, Raut said: “It is our duty to go before the central agencies if they have any doubt in their mind so that people have no doubt in their mind about us. We have been questioned for 10 hours and we have given full cooperation “.
Heavy police forces were deployed outside the central agency office as a large number of Shiv Sena workers were present on site. Barricades have been placed on the streets leading to the office.
After his arrival, MP Sena, seen sporting a saffron-colored scarf around his neck, greeted his supporters before walking into the office with his lawyer.
Speaking to reporters before entering, Raut said: “I will cooperate with the agency on the investigation. They summoned me, they request some information from me and it is my duty as a member of Parliamentresponsible citizen and leader of a political party to cooperate with them. ”
He said he was “fearless and undeterred” as “he has done nothing wrong in life”.
Asked if this is a politically motivated case, Raut said: “We will know later. I think I will present myself before the agency, which is neutral, and I have full confidence in them.”
Earlier in the day, the Sena leader posted a tweet saying: “I show up in front of the emergency room today at 12 noon. I respect the summons issued to me and it is my duty to cooperate with the investigative agencies. I address the workers of Shivsena not meet at the emergency room. Don’t worry! ”
(With inputs from PTI)