"Raj Thackeray created a sensation during the Lok Sabha poll campaign earlier this year. It had a significant impact on people and to avoid a similar challenge ahead of the Maharashtra Assembly elections, the ED has issued the notice. It is a case of political vendetta," MNS spokesperson Sandeep Deshpande told reporters in Mumbai.
The federal agency is probing Thackeray's involvement in the case in connection with the IL&FS
group's loan equity investment of over Rs 850 crore in a company called Kohinoor CTNL.
Thackeray and Unmesh Joshi had jointly bid for some assets after creating a consortium but later the MNS supremo quit.
"If the government takes any action with prejudice against Raj Thackeray, we will protest on streets," Deshpande said.
It had filed a money laundering case in February this year on the basis of an FIR filed by the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Delhi Police. In the charge sheet, the agency has alleged that the senior management of IL&FS indulged in acts of commissions and omissions leading to illegal personal gains to them at the expense of the company.
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