Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray gives his cousin Raj Thackeray a clean chit over ED notice

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Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday gave a clean chit to his cousin and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray over the Enforcement Directorate (ED) notice asking him to appear before it in a money laundering case.

Speaking to reporters at his residence ‘Matoshree’ after the induction of former Congress MLA Nirmala Gavit and NCP leader Rashmi Bagal into the party fold, Thackeray said, “I do not think anything will come out of the inquiry. There is no harm in waiting for 1-2 days.”

Uddhav and Raj have shared a strained relationship and now the Shiv Sena chief has extended a strong support for his brother.

The MNS Chief has been asked to appear before the investigating officer of the case on August 22 at the agency’s zonal office in Mumbai.

The federal agency is probing, IL&FS group’s loan and equity investment amounting to Rs 860 crore in Kohinoor CTNL, the company constructing Dadar’s Kohinoor Square towers. Kohinoor CTNL is one of the defaulters.

According to sources, ED wants to quiz Thackeray on his exit from the group. The probe has revealed IL&FS group had invested Rs 225 crore in the company. In 2008, IL&FS surrendered its shares for only Rs 90 crore and booked a loss. Thackeray exited the consortium by selling his shares, the same year.

Soon after MNS leaders announced about the party decision of gathering at ED office on Thursday morning, party chief Raj Thackeray himself issued a statement with his signature saying that MNS party workers should not assemble at ED office on Thursday.

MNS office bearers had called a meeting on Tuesday morning and has decided to ask its party workers to be present at ED office on Thursday, however, has appealed party workers not to indulge into any violence.