ED raids properties linked to Shiv Sena MP Bhavana Gawali in 'embezzlement' case

The Enforcement Directorate raid comes a day after the agency summoned Shiv Sena leader Anil Parab in a separate case of alleged money laundering.
Bhavana Gawali is a five-time member of Parliament representing the Yavatmal-Washim Lok Sabha constituency in Maharashtra. (File photo)
Bhavana Gawali is a five-time member of Parliament representing the Yavatmal-Washim Lok Sabha constituency in Maharashtra. (File photo)
Published on Aug 30, 2021 03:35 PM IST
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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Monday carried out multiple raids at properties linked to Yavatmal-Washim parliementarian Bhavana Gawali in connection to a money laundering case.

The ED has registered a case against the Shiv Sena leader on the basis of an FIR lodged by police alleging embezzlement of funds to the tune of 14 crore through government grants by misusing power.

The development comes a day after the ED summoned another prominent Shiv Sena leader, Maharashtra transport minister Anil Parab, for questioning in a separate case of alleged money laundering involving former state home minister Anil Deshmukh.

A senior ED official in Mumbai confirmed that the searches were ongoing at 7-8 places linked to Bhavana Gawali, a five-time Lok Sabha MP, in Mumbai and other places under the the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

Reacting to the developments, Gawali called the raids "tyrannical" and compared them to "Emergency". She also claimed she didn't get any notice from the ED, yet.

"This is being done to damage me, a five-term MP, who has been working for the people. The Shiv Sena ministers and representatives are being targeted. I have institutions, including schools and Ayurveda college, which have been raided today," the oldest-serving MP from Maharashtra told the Hindustan Times.

"For decades, I have been running the institutions to provide education to children and for farmers in the rural areas. I haven't grabbed land and converted them into a non-agriculture plot and neither have I utilised government funds for personal gains," she added.

Taking a dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party she said the probe agency should look into the allegations of the scam against a local BJP legislator.

"You can investigate me as much as you want, but at the same time you must probe the allegations against the local BJP legislator, who faces a land scam to the tune of 500 crore, as well," Gawali said.

Earlier in the morning, Shiv Sena spokesperson Sanjay Raut said the ED notices to Shiv Sena ministers are not "death warrants" but "love letters."

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