Here’s why Swapna Patkar, a witness in Patra Chawl case, was ‘threatened’ by Sanjay Raut?

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut has been in the news for the past few days for his arrest in the Patra Chawl redevelopment case, which is currently under the investigation of the Enforcement Directorate (ED). Now another name Swapna Patkar has come to the fore.

An FIR was registered against Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Sunday after an audio clip was leaked where he was heard allegedly making obscene abuses and threats to Swapna Patkar, one of the key witnesses in the Patra Chawl redevelopment case.

Swapna Patkar is Sanjay Raut’s close aide and Sujit Patkar’s estranged wife. Sujit is believed to be one of the few business associates of the Shiv Sena leader. In a sensational revelation, an audio clip featuring the voices of Sanjay Raut and Swapna Patkar was leaked, in which Raut can be heard threatening them.

Patkar is a Marathi film producer and a business woman who reportedly knew Raut through her estranged husband. In the last 18 months, Patkar has alleged that Sanjay Raut has threatened her several times, verbally abusing her since 2021.

Soon after the clip was leaked, Patkar filed an FIR against Sanjay Raut, who has already been arrested by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the Patra Chawl case.

Patkar is also a key witness in the Chawl redevelopment case.

According to the police complaint, Swapna Patkar was being threatened by Sanjay Raut to withdraw his statement against the Maharashtra minister in the ongoing case against him.

Meanwhile, the ED arrested Sanjay Raut at 12 am on Monday in connection with the prevention of money laundering case related to the Rs 1,034 crore Patra Chawl land scam case. Earlier on Sunday, Raut was taken into custody by the ED but was not arrested. The ED had sent several summons to the Shiv Sena leader, which he dropped, after which he was arrested.