The Enforcement Directorate has subpoenaed senior NCP leader and MLA Hasan Mushrif for questioning in a money laundering investigation against him and others, officials said Saturday.
The politician has been asked to opt out of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Mumbai next week so that his statements can be included under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), they said.
The ED had searched several premises associated with him in January. In recent days, new searches have been made in Kolhapur and some other locations.
The money laundering case is related to an investigation into alleged irregularities in the operations of some sugar factories in the state associated with Mushrif, including the Sar Senapati Santaji Ghorpade Sugar Factory Ltd to which his three sons are associated.
Mr. Mushrif (68) is a Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA from Kagal seat in Kolhapur. He is also the vice president of the party headed by Sharad Pawar.
BJP leader Kirit Somiaya had alleged in 2021 that the former rural development minister (Mushrif) indulged in corrupt practices by holding “benami” entities through his relatives and companies. The NCP had subsequently rejected these allegations.
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