ED issues third summon to Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik in money laundering case


The Enforcement Directorate has issued a third summon to Shiv Sena leader and MLA Pratap Sarnaik over his alleged involvement in a money laundering case.

The Bombay High Court had earlier reversed the order on custody of Shiv Sena leader Pratap Sarnaik’s close aide who was accused in a money laundering case.

The Enforcement Directorate has issued a third summon to Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik for his alleged involvement in a money laundering case. Earlier on two occasions, Sarnaik excused himself from joining the probe.

The ED also wants custody of the MLA’s aide Amit Chandole to confront him with Sarnaik. However, Pratap Sarnaik has been evading questioning and this is the third time ED has issued him a summon.

Sarnaik had asked for three weeks’ time to appear before ED but the officials turned down his plea.

On Friday, the Bombay High Court had reserved its order, and that of a lower court, in connection with the custody of Shiv Sena leader Pratap Sarnaik’s close aide Amit Chandole who has been accused in a money laundering case.

What is the case all about?

The case against Chandole relates to a complaint lodged by Ramesh Iyyer, an ex-employee of private firm Tops Security Group. Iyyer had alleged that in 2014, in a contract with the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) for a supply of 350 to 500 guards, the security firm had given only 70 per cent guards and some part of the amount paid by MMRDA went to private accounts of the accused.

On November 26, Amit Chandole was arrested by ED and his three-day custody was given instead of the 10-day custody sought by the agency.

On November 29, the court sent Chandole to judicial custody.

How is Sarnaik related to the case?

Chandole is a close friend and confidante of Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik.

As per the primary investigation, another close friend of Sarnaik, Sanket More along with Chandole were in touch with Tops Group’s promoter Rahul Nanda.

Sources said that profits in the contract awarded to Tops Grup by MMRDA had were shared with Sarnaik through Chandole and More by Rahul Nanda.

A total of Rs 7 crore was allegedly diverted to Chandole and More from Tops Grup to be shared with Sarnaik. Of the 7 crores, 2.5 crores were shared last year. The transfers were made through bank accounts.



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