Mumbai, August 19: The Enforcement Directorate has summoned Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray in connection with a case linked to the collapse of shadow bank Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS) late last year. He has been asked to appear before ED on Thursday.
According to the information, the ED has summoned the firebrand Maharashtra politician for his alleged links to a construction company Kohinoor CTNL which had received a loan and equity investments from the IL&FS amounting to Rs 860 crore. Along with Thackeray, Shiv Sena leader Manohar Joshi's son Unmesh Joshi has also been summoned on Monday. Raj Thackeray Meets Mamata Banerjee, Invites Her For 'Morcha Against EVM' in Mumbai
Reports state that ED is probing shareholding and investment in Kohinoor CTNL, which has been promoted by Unmesh Joshi, Raj Thackeray and his business partner Rajan Shirodkar. However, Thackeray claimed that he sold his shares in the consortium in 2008.
It is to be known that the Union government took control of the IL&FS, after reports of debt default arrived. Apart from this, the Centre also appointed a new board. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in its last week report has said that IL&FS might not have disclosed bad loans on its books for years despite a big part of its loan book having soured.