The Enforcement Directorate (ED) arrested Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut in a money laundering case linked to alleged irregularities in the redevelopment of a Mumbai chawl.
The ED conducted a nine-hour search at his residence, during which Rs 11.5 lakhs in cash was seized.
Raut was arrested after over six hours of questioning at the ED’s zonal office in Mumbai.
The ED officials took Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut to a government hospital for check up, after which he will be produced in a special court.
Raut, who spent the night in ED's south Mumbai office after his arrest in a money laundering case, was taken to the hospital after 12.30 pm. He was seen waving to media personnel gathered outside the agency's office.
The arrest of Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) is an attempt to divert the anger brewing against Maharashtra Governor B S Koshyari's remarks on Mumbai, party leader Arvind Sawant said
He said protests will be held in the state spontaneously against the arrest of Raut, a vocal critic of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Centre.
Koshyari had triggered a row with his remarks that if Gujaratis and Rajasthanis are moved out of Maharashtra, especially from Mumbai and Thane, "you will be left with no money and Mumbai will not remain a financial capital".
250 Sena workers show up for support as Raut was detained from his house.
The police had set up additional police deployment outside Sanjay Raut’s Bhandup residence.
Raut has been booked under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Sanjay Raut has been sent to Enforcement Directorate (ED) custody till August 4.