Multiple locations in Maharashtra linked to state transport minister Anil Parab were raided this morning by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) as part of a money-laundering probe relating to alleged irregularities in a land deal in the Dapoli area of Ratnagiri district.
The searches are being conducted at seven locations, including Mr Parab’s residence, in Pune, Mumbai and Dapoli after the probe agency filed a fresh case against the Shiv Sena leader under the criminal sections of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
The ED action against the minister pertains to the allegations that Mr Parab had purchased a piece of land in Dapoli for Rs 1 crore in 2017, but it was registered in 2019.
It is alleged that the land was subsequently sold to a Mumbai-based cable operator Sadanand Kadam in 2020 for Rs 1.10 crore, and between 2017-2020, a resort was constructed on the land.
An Income Tax Department investigation earlier had alleged that the construction of the resort started in 2017 and over Rs 6 crore was spent on it.