The Compliance Directorate has repeatedly summoned Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik for questioning over the last few days as it investigates allegations of misappropriations in a contract with the Mumbai Metropolitan Area Development Authority bagged by Tops Group (MMRDA). The ED conducted searches on ten properties in Mumbai and Thane on 24 November for Pratap Sarnaik, Tops Group and its promoter Rahul Nanda and a few others.
Amit Chandole, a suspected associate of Pratap Sarnaik, and Tops Group Managing Director M Shashidharan were arrested by the agency last month under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act. While Pratap Sarnaik and his son Vihang were previously questioned in relation to the case, recent appeals to the Sena legislator have gone unanswered.
Vihang, an active member of the Yuva Sena (youth wing of the Shiv Sena), was taken from his family residence to the ED office after the organisation searched the family-related premises last month.