August 13, 2022

The Bombay excessive courtroom was knowledgeable on Wednesday that the Mumbai police has disbanded the Particular Investigation Staff (SIT), that was constituted to probe the allegations made by Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut in opposition to Enforcement Directorate officers that they extorted cash from builders by Colaba-based businessman Jitendra Navlani.

On Wednesday, a bench headed by Justice Nitin Jamdar prolonged the interim keep on any probe by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) that could possibly be initiated in opposition to ED officers in relation to the investigation in opposition to Navlani. ED had sought that the probe be transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation alleging it was being focused because it has registered instances in opposition to senior politicians in cash laundering instances.

Raut, in March, had alleged that Navlani and a few ED officers have been operating an ‘extortion racket’ and demanding cash from builders by providing them “safety from ED inquiries”. He had alleged that between 2015 and 2021, Navlani had collected Rs 58.96 crore on behalf of ED officers and the cash had been taken within the title of consultancy charges or within the title of unsecured loans.

The ACB had lodged a case in opposition to Navlani and unknown individuals beneath the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act. The ED had filed a petition within the HC alleging that its officers could possibly be focused. Additionally, the case was registered beneath the PC Act in opposition to Navlani, who isn’t a public servant.

Within the interim, an SIT was shaped to probe allegations in opposition to Navlani and unknown ED officers. The identical was disbanded on Tuesday.

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