Maharshtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray was summoned by ED for questioning in connection with the investigation into the money laundering case involving the IL&FS group, on Tuesday. Keeping in mind the muscle power that MNS holds in the city, Mumbai police has decided to not take any chances and tightened the security around central agencies’ office at Ballard estate.

Thackeray, who is set to appear before ED on Thursday asked his agitated party workers on Tuesday to not to gather outside the ED office.

MNS leader Bala Nandgaonkar had announced a protest outside ED office to express their disapproval on the central agency’s summons to Thackeray. “People are angry with the action and hence would be gathering outside the ED office on Thursday at 10:00 am. Apart from MNS cadres even leaders and workers of other political parties would be present at Ballard Pier (where the ED office is located),” Nandgaonkar had said.

However, the MNS chief, in a tweet,  asked his workers to honour the summons and not to assemble outside the ED office. 

In his letter addressed to his workers, Thackeray said that since the inception of his party, there have been innumerable cases filed against him and the party workers. “The past years have made us accustomed to cases and notices coming our way,” said Thackeray in his tweet.

The MNS chief has also received support from his cousin and Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray. Speaking to mediapersons at his residence, Uddhav Thackeray expressed indirect backing by commenting that nothing would emerge from Raj’s interrogation. “I don’t think there will be any outcome from his (Raj’s) investigation by the ED tomorrow,” Uddhav said.