ED held Amit Chandole, the Business associate of Pratap Sarnaik

Pratap Sarnaik & Amit Chandole

Mumbai : The Mumbai-based businessman Amit Chandole, an alleged associate of Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik, was arrested on Thursday in connection with its money laundering case against a security service provider company and others.

The ED sources informed that they said Chandole has been arrested late Wednesday under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and is expected to be produced before a local court for custody. He was questioned by the ED on Wednesday.

Earlier, the homes and properties of Shiv Sena MLA Pratap Sarnaik were raided by the Enforcement Directorate and his son Vihang Sarnaik was taken away for questioning. The searches took place at 10 locations linked to the Shiv Sena MLA in Thane and Mumbai.

The ED which handles financial crimes, is investigating money-laundering charges against Pratap Sarnaik; his party Shiv Sena, which heads the Maharashtra coalition government, has accused the ruling BJP at the centre of using the probe agency to target him.

The Mumbai-based businessman was questioned by the ED on Wednesday too. The agency, they said, is probing Chandole’s role and alleged suspect dealings with Sarnaik, Tops Group security providing service and its promoter Rahul Nanda, they said. Nanda, as per media reports, had denied any wrongdoing. Searches at ten premises of Sarnaik, Nanda and few others were launched by the ED on March 24 in neighbouring Thane and Mumbai. A particular instance of the company providing security guards to a Maharashtra government organisation during 2014- 15 is also under the ED scanner, they said.