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ED grills Raj Thackeray for over 8 hours in money laundering case

MNS chief Raj Thackeray left the Enforcement Directorate (ED) office after being questioned for around eight and half hours in a money laundering case. Raj Thackeray arrived at the Ballard Estate office of the agency at around 11:30 am after which he was questioned on the first-floor office of the building.

He did not respond to queries from waiting media personnel, folded his hands in greeting, got in his car and drove to his residence in Dadar area.

Sources in the agency said that the questioning of Raj Thackeray was primarily done to know the shareholding pattern of the firm Kohinoor CTNL and money trail of the loan amount disbursed by Il&FS to Kohinoor CTNL.

Kohinoor CTNL was founded by Raj Thackeray, Unmesh Joshi — son of the former chief minister and senior Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi — and Rajan Shirodkar who is also an MNS leader. Kohinoor CTNL developed a high rise named Kohinoor Square in Dadar.

The ED is probing alleged irregularities relating to loans and equity investment worth over Rs 450 crore by IL&FS in Kohinoor CTNL Infrastructure Company, which is developing Kohinoor Square tower in Mumbai’s Dadar area.

The investigation agency is probing the shareholding pattern of Raj Thackeray, Rajan Shirodkar and Unmesh Joshi. The amount of the shares which were sold off is under scrutiny.

Unmesh Joshi was questioned by the agency for three days while Rajan Shirodkar was questioned on Tuesday and Wednesday. Both have again been summoned on Monday.

Massive police deployment was done across south Mumbai and Dadar Shivaji Park to avoid any law and order situation.

Section 144 was imposed across various police stations in south Mumbai and central Mumbai. A few MNS leaders were detained in Mumbai and Thane while notices were sent to various others across the city and nearby districts by the police.

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