IL&FS probe: MNS chief Raj Thackeray gets ED notice in Kohinoor mill case

MNS spokesperson said, “ED has summoned MNS chief Raj Thackeray only to build pressure. We’ll continue our fight against ‘Hitlershahi’.”


Mumbai| Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray has been sent a notice by Enforcement Directorate. He has been asked to appear for the probe at ED office on August 22. The ED is probing IL&FS loan and equity investment in Kohinoor CTNL.

However, his party members say that the government is trying to suppress his voice. Raj Thackeray, once a supporter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had played a key role in gaining support for him in 2014. However, during the 2019 elections, he sided with the opposition. Though he did not field any candidate of his own party in the election, he conducted many rallies and speeches against BJP.

Recently, he had built a front against the Electronic Voting machines. He had held a press conference along with several prominent opposition leaders. Taking a dig at the government, he had said that I haven’t received an ED notice so far. The parties had also planned a march on August 21 against EVMs and to demand elections to be held on ballot paper system.

Meanwhile, party spokesperson Sandeep Deshpande said that this is a “revenge politics”. He said, “ED has summoned MNS chief Raj Thackeray only to build pressure. No ED inquiry has been done against any top leader of BJP in the last 5-6 yrs. We’ll continue our fight against ‘Hitlershahi’.”

What is the Kohinoor Mill case?

The Kohinoor CTNL Company in Mumbai was bought by Raj Thackeray, Rajendra Shirodkar and former Maharashtra Chief Minister Manohar Joshi’s son Unmesh Joshi. The Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (ILFS), a public sector company, had given a loan of Rs 860 crores to the concerned. The firm is developing Kohinoor Square tower in Dadar (West).

However, the company faced a huge loss afterwards. One of the key defaulters of IL&FS is the Kohinoor CTNL. In 2009, Thackeray too exited the company.


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