Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut who is lodged at Mumbai’s Arthur Road prison is writing a book while behind bars, said sources. Raut was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with a land scam case.
Every undertrial prisoner lodged in the prison is given writing materials like pen and paper as per its manual.
Earlier, a controversy broke out after it was alleged that Sanjay Raut was writing editorials for Saamna, Shiv Sena’s mouthpiece from behind bars. Since then, the editorials of Saamna do not carry his name and the weekly column ‘Rokhtok’ was carried in the name of “Kedarnath Mumbaikar” targeting the Modi government at the Centre.
According to sources, Raut has been accessing the writing materials and writing a book on the Patra Chawl case in which he was arrested. Raut had earlier denied the charges against him and said the entire case is fake, and that he has nothing to do with it.
Raut was arrested by the ED on August 1 in connection with alleged money-laundering linked to a redevelopment project in the western suburb of Mumbai. The agency has time till the end of September to file its chargesheet against Raut.
On Monday, Special Public Prosecutor Kavita Patil, representing the ED, filed a remand application seeking an extension to Raut’s judicial custody. According to Patil, the probe agency wishes to conduct further investigation in the case. The special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court extended the judicial custody of Raut till September 5 in the Patra Chawl land scam case.
Advocate Vikrant Sabne, representing Raut said that they are likely to file a bail plea in court by the next hearing.
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