Mumbai Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut claimed that Independent MP Navneet Rana had received a loan of Rs 80 lakh from film financier and builder Yusuf Lakdawala. Raut demanded a probe by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) into the matter. Lakdawala was arrested by the ED in the money laundering case. He died in September last year at Arthur Road Jail here. Talking to reporters on Wednesday, Raut doubted whether the political controversy over the recitation of Hanuman Chalisa had any “underworld connection”. He claimed that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was trying to save Navneet Rana.
Mumbai Police arrested them on Saturday after Navneet and her husband Ravi Rana had called for reciting Hanuman Chalisa outside Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s residence ‘Matoshree’. The couple did not recite the chalisa but the police arrested them and booked them under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, including sedition and promoting enmity between different groups. Raut tweeted late on Tuesday, “Navneet Rana got a loan of Rs 80 lakh from Yusuf Lakdawala. Lakdawala had recently died in jail. Lakdawala was arrested by the ED for money laundering and links with the D-Gang. My question is, did ED investigate the matter? It is a question of national security.
In another tweet on Wednesday, Raut said, “Underworld connection. Lakdawala was arrested by the ED in a money laundering case of Rs 200 crore and died in lock-up. Yusuf’s illegal money is in Rana’s account. When will ED give Rana tea? Why is the D-Gang being saved? Why is the BJP silent?” On Tuesday night, Raut had reportedly tweeted a picture of Rana’s financial dealings in which a loan of Rs 80 lakh was taken from Lakdawala.