The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray in the Kohinoor building case related to the IL&FS debt crisis. This can cause the politics of Maharashtra to heat up. Unmesh Joshi, son of former Maharashtra CM Manohar Joshi, has also been summoned for questioning on Monday, August 19.
Sources told Aaj Tak-India Today that the Enforcement Directorate has called Raj Thackeray for questioning on August 22. The Enforcement Directorate is investigating the IL&FS money laundering case, in which the case of Kohinoor Building Project has come to light. Sources claim that Raj Thackeray’s name has come up during the investigation. The Financial Investigation Agency has recorded the statements of others involved in the case.
According to sources, the Enforcement Directorate is investigating the investment and shareholding in the Kohinoor Building. It is said that Raj Thackeray, Rajan Shirodkar and Unmesh Joshi made a deal of Rs 421 crore. The deal came under scrutiny during the investigation of the IL&FS scam. It is alleged that the land of Kohinoor Mill was purchased through Unmesh Joshi’s company Kohinoor CTNL. On this, a multi-storey building named Kohinoor Square was built. It was invested through the state-owned company Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS).
Now the Enforcement Directorate is investigating the loans and investments made by IL&FS to the Kohinoor CTNL company. At present, there has been no response from Raj Thackeray and his party Maharashtra Navnirman Sena in this matter. Earlier, the ED has recorded statements of many people in the case.
According to sources, IL&FS group had given a loan of Rs 225 crore to Kohinoor CTNL, but IL&FS has not received Rs 135 crore out of it.
Raj Thackeray criticized the Modi Government
Significantly, recently, Raj Thackeray came into the discussion with criticism from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Recently, in the matter of repealing Article 370 in Kashmir, Raj Thackeray has targeted PM Modi. During a public meeting, Raj Thackeray said, ‘Army and security forces have been deployed outside people’s homes in Kashmir. Internet, phone, TV broadcasting have been banned. Today it is happening in Kashmir, tomorrow it can happen in Vidarbha or Mumbai also.
Raj Thackeray said that the Central Government is giving assurance to the people of Jammu and Kashmir that after the removal of Article 370, jobs opportunities will increase and development will happen but there is no Article 370 in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, then why there is no employment there.
What is IL&FS Case
Let us tell you that in September last year, IL&FS had a debt crisis, when the company could not pay its dues. The company did not pay the dues to SIDBI. IL&FS is a public sector company. This company works in infrastructure, finance, transport and many other areas. The full name of this company is Infrastructure and Leasing Financial Services. Financial irregularities in the company were revealed when last year some of the group companies defaulted to repay the loan. Due to this default, the company has been given a default rating, falling from the high level rating in the financial market.
The government has taken over the company’s board and is working on a solution plan to run the company smoothly. According to sources, in the past, the company did not take care in lending and today it is facing a crisis of drowning.
Congress had also raised the issue of IL&FS and said that in 2017-2018 the loss of this company was 2395 crores, whose debt has increased by 44 percent in the last 36 months. Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari had said in a press conference that if the IL&FS company goes bankrupt, the market will suffer. This company has a debt of 91 thousand crores, which is seven times bigger than the scam of Mallya, Vigilance and Nirav Modi.