Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik responds to ED raids

Pratap Sarnaik, Shiv Sena MLA, has responded to the raids conducted by the ED earlier on Tuesday, November 24, claiming political motivations behind the move.

Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik responds to ED raids

On Wednesday, November 25, Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik came forward to speak about the raids conducted by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on his residence a day back.

Speaking about the same, Sarnaik stated, “In the last few days, I have raised my voice against Kangana Ranaut and Arnab Goswami in the Assembly, used my rights and pursued the re-investigation of the Naik suicide case. This action is being taken against me by the troubled BJP. I had expected such a thing to happen.” Sarnaik further added that if Maharashtra and Mumbai are defamed in the state and the country at large, then he will speak out on the same.

In recent developments, the ED on Wednesday, November 25, summoned the Shiv Sena MLA in connection with a money laundering case, a day after conducting raids at his residence. His son, Vihang Sarnaik, who was interrogated for five hours on Tuesday, has also been summoned by the agency. As per reports, the agency was probing a case linked to a security company named TOPS Group, along with its promoters and related members which included some politicians.

The ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra had earlier accused the Centre of using central agencies to arm-twist political opponents. However, the BJP has responded by stating that the central agencies would not take such action without concrete evidence and put their credibility at stake.

Moreover, this abovementioned incident has ensued chaos in the state with many prominent leaders coming forward and denouncing the act for having political motivations.