Shiv Sena Leader Sanjay Raut gets bail, released from Jail

Mumbai: Shiv Sena (Uddhav Thackeray faction) leader Sanjay Raut released from Arthur Road jail after Mumbai’s PMLA court granted him bail in Patra Chawl land scam case earlier today.

Rajya Sabha member Raut was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on July 31 this year. He is currently in judicial custody and lodged at the Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai.

The ED had arrested Sanjay Raut for his alleged role in financial irregularities in connection with the redevelopment of the Patra Chawl (row tenement) in suburban Goregaon.

After the Sena MP was granted bail, the ED, which is conducting a probe into the case, pleaded before the court not to give effect to the bail order till Friday.

The court, however, rejected the ED’s plea. The ED then said it would approach the Bombay High Court seeking cancellation of the bail order and an interim order for a stay on the same, even as a lawyer of Raut said they will try to complete the formalities by Wednesday evening to facilitate his release from the prison.

After coming out of jail, Sanjay Raut said, “We fought the case & court’s observation came. We didn’t do anything wrong. I don’t hold grudges against anybody. I’ve spent over 100 days in jail, what was my crime? There can be a difference of opinion in democracy.”

Tiger is back : Shiv Sena (Uddhav Thackrey)

Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) spokesperson Sushma Andhare said till the time the party has leaders like Raut, it has nothing to fear.

“The tiger is back,” said Andhare, the deputy leader of the Thackeray-led Sena faction.