Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday described party leader Sanjay Raut as a "fighter who never succumbed to pressure" after the latter was granted bail in a money laundering case by a Mumbai court.
Thackeray spoke to the mother and the wife of Raut over the phone and told them that he would meet Raut soon.
A close aide of Thackeray said the former chief minister congratulated Raut's family members and described the Rajya Sabha MP as a "fighter who did not succumb to pressure".
Raut stepped out of Mumbai's Arthur Road jail at 6:50 pm, hours after the special court granted him bail in a money-laundering case.
He was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on August 1.