The Enforcement Directorate (ED) raided multiple locations in Maharashtra on Thursday as part of a money laundering investigation into state transport minister Anil Parab and others, officials said. The investigation is linked to alleged irregularities in a land deal in the coastal Dapoli area of Ratnagiri district, as well as other charges.
After the federal agency filed a new case under the criminal portions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, locations in Dapoli, Mumbai, and Pune are being searched (PMLA).
Parab, 57, is the state transport minister and a three-time Shiv Sena politician in Maharashtra’s legislative council.
The ED action stems from charges that Parab purchased a plot of land in Dapoli in 2017 for Rs 1 crore, but it was only registered in 2019.
The agency is also looking into certain additional allegations.
The site was allegedly sold to Sadanand Kadam, a Mumbai-based cable company, for Rs 1.10 crore in 2020.
Between 2017 and 2020, a resort was built on the same property.
An earlier probe by the Income Tax Department said that building of the resort began in 2017 and that over Rs 6 crore was spent in cash on the project.
The ED had previously questioned Parab in connection with another money laundering case involving former minister Anil Deshmukh.