ED raids former Maharashtra minister and NCP leader Hasan Mushrif, his close aides in money laundering case | Mumbai News – Times of India


MUMBAI: Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday raided premises of former Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) minister and NCP leader Hasan Mushrif in a money laundering case allegedly related to fraudulently taking control of a sugar factory at Kolhapur district of Maharashtra through a private firm.
NCP has condemned the raids and said that its political vendetta.
ED formed various teams who are searching the residential and office premises of Mushrif and people close to him in Pune and Kolhapur.
Mushrif was facing related allegation from his political rivals in 2021 when MVA was in power. There was no any cheating case (predicate offence) was register regarding to the allege fraudulent control of the sugar factory then. The ED can initiate money laundering investigation only if there is a predicate offence.
Two years ago, BJP leader Kirit Somaiya had alleged Rs 100 crore fraud alleging that Mushrif took control of Appasaheb Nalawade sugar factory at Gadhinglaj area in Kolhapur through a company of his relative.
NCP spokesperson Mahesh Tapse released a video message stating that earlier some BJP leader made false allegation against MLA Hasan Mushrif and now ED taking action on him.
He said, “There is no fact in the allegation and it’s politically motivated allegation. Fake allegations were made against Anil Deshmukh , Sanjay Raut and now similarly against Hasan Mushrif. But judicial scrutiny will prove that he is innocent.”
In 2014, Brics India company took control of Appasaheb Nalawade sugar factory for its operation for 10 years. It was alleged that the sugar factory was given to Brics India without following bidding process and one of Mushrif’s relative was associated with the company. It was alleged that Mushirf’s family was controlling the factory.

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