The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday questioned Maharashtra transport and parliamentary affairs minister Anil Parab for near 11 hours, as a part of its probe into the alleged money-laundering and doable coastal regulation zone (CRZ) violations linked to a chunk of land at Dapoli in Ratnagiri district on which two resorts had been constructed.
The ED on Monday served summons on Parab, 57, a three-time legislator within the legislative council and an in depth confidant of chief minister Uddhav Thackeray.
The Shiv Sena chief reached the ED workplace at Ballard Property round 11.30 am on Tuesday and left at 10.30 pm. Company officers mentioned Parab had once more been summoned for questioning on Wednesday.
Talking to reporters outdoors the ED workplace, Parab mentioned, “I used to be known as for questioning right this moment. I answered all of the questions that had been requested. I’ve mentioned it earlier than that I do not personal the resorts. In the mean time, I have no idea whether or not I will likely be known as for questioning tomorrow.”
The minister kept away from making any touch upon the revolt among the many MLAs in Sena and mentioned he was not conscious of what all occurred as he was below the ED’s interrogation for the entire day.
Parab is the third minister within the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi authorities to face a probe by a Central company. The ED registered a case in opposition to him below the Prevention of Cash Laundering Act based mostly on a criticism filed by an officer of the Ministry of Atmosphere, Forest and Local weather Change (MOEFCC) on March 10, 2022, within the court docket of Judicial Justice of the Peace First Class at Dapoli.
The complainant, a scientist with the MOEFCC, has sought to prosecute Parab Sai Resort and Sea Conch Resort, each positioned at Murud in Dapoli tehsil, claiming that he had violated CRZ norms by establishing the resorts in no-development zone (CRZ-III) , discharging polluting materials in a sea stream, leading to ecological injury to the ecologically delicate space.
On Might 26, the company raided seven premises, together with the Sena minister’s non-public residence in Bandra, his official bungalow – Ajinkyatara in south Mumbai, Sea Conch Resort at Dapoli, in addition to the Pune residence of Vibhas Sathe, the person who allegedly bought the Dapoli plot to Parab.
Parab had in March denied proudly owning the resorts at Dapoli when Bharatiya Janata Occasion (BJP) chief Kirit Somaiya visited the coastal city and accused Parab of not complying with a MoEFCC order issued earlier this yr, which mentioned the resorts ought to be demolished for violating provisions of the Atmosphere (Safety) Act, 1986.
“I do not personal the resorts. I’ve made this clarification again and again. The division involved has inspected paperwork concerning the resorts. Somaiya is repeatedly making an attempt to say that the resorts are owned by me; he should present paperwork proving that,” Parab had mentioned on the time.