LIVE: Raj Thackeray goes to ED office with son-daughter: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray has left for the Enforcement Directorate (ED) office in the Kohinoor building case. Raj is accompanied by his son Amit and daughter Urvashi. The ED will interrogate Thackeray in a short while. Earlier, Maharashtra Police started action. Mumbai Police on Thursday imposed Section 144 as a precautionary measure in four police station areas along with detention of several MNS activists.
Mumbai Police: Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) imposed in areas under Marine Drive, MRA Marg, Dadar, and Azad Maidan police stations. pic.twitter.com/DQWWzK2BgT
— ANI (@ANI) August 22, 2019
The process of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena leaders reaching Raj Thackeray’s residence has also started. MNS leader Bala Nandgaonkar has reached Raj Thackeray’s residence. On the other hand, due to the summoning of Raj Thackeray, a young worker of the angry party committed suicide by setting himself on fire. Raj Thackeray had made a personal appeal to all supporters and workers on Tuesday and said that he should remain calm at all costs.
MNS President Raj Thackeray said
MNS President Raj Thackeray said on Tuesday that he would honor the summons sent by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). During this, he also appealed to his supporters to remain calm. In his first reaction to the issue, Thackeray said in a signed statement addressing all MNS workers that countless cases have been filed against him and the workers since the party’s inception in March 2006.
After the notice, Raj’s cousin and ruling ally Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray came out in his support. The ED has issued a summons to Raj Thackeray in connection with the investigation of a case and asked to appear on Thursday. Uddhav Thackeray expressed his indirect support to media persons at his residence saying that nothing will come out of the ED by questioning him (Raj Thackeray). Uddhav said, “I don’t think the ED’s questioning of him (Raj Thackeray) tomorrow will yield any result.”
The ED had on Sunday issued a notice to Thackeray and his former business aide, former Lok Sabha Speaker and ruling colleague Unmesh Joshi, son of Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi, as well as another business associate. After this there was a panic in political circles. Significantly, the ED has asked Thackeray to appear in his office on Thursday in a money laundering case related to IL&FS.
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