ED money laundering case: Anil Parab questioned, summoned again

Transport Minister and Shiv Sena The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday questioned leader Anil Parab for over 11 hours. According to agency sources, the agency has called Parab for questioning again on Wednesday in connection with a money laundering case related to a resort in the coastal hill station of Dapoli.

The minister reached the ED office at 11.25 am on Tuesday and was allowed to leave till 10.30 pm.

Talking to media persons outside the ED office, Parab said, “I have answered all their questions like I have done before… and I will answer their future questions as well.”

On March 8, the Income Tax Department had searched 26 premises in Mumbai, Pune, Ratnagiri and Sangli linked to Bajrang Kharmate, a Deputy Regional Transport Officer (RTO), and Sadanand Kadam, a Mumbai-based cable operator. ,

During searches, investigators reportedly discovered ‘irregularities’ in the purchase of a parcel of land by Parab in Dapoli in 2017.

Tax officials said at the time that Parab had registered the land only in 2019, while the resort was developed between 2017 and 2020. According to officials, while Rs 6 crore was spent on developing the resort, it was sold to Kadam in 2020. 1.1 crore only.

He said there was “no account” of the cost of building the resort by Kadam or Parab. BJP Leader Kirit Somaiya had also made several complaints against Parab to the Ministry of Environment and Forests, alleging that the Sai Resort in Dapoli violates several Coastal Regulation Zone rules.

Following this, the ED filed an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) of money laundering, following which the agency raided seven premises linked to Parab and his close associates.