Bombay HC rejects Bhujbal’s bail plea

Mumbai : The Bombay High Court on Thursday rejected the bail plea of former Maharashtra minister and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Chhagan Bhujbal, who is presently in jail in a money laundering case.
Bhujbal had on Tuesday approached the high court seeking on bail, citing a critical heart ailment, after a special PMLA court rejected his bail plea earlier.

As per reports, Bhujbal’s counsel had argued that the 69-year-old NCP leader was suffering from a terminal illness which needed immediate treatment.

The special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court had on May 13 rejected the bail plea of the former Maharashtra minister.

The Enforcement Directorate had last month arrested Chhagan Bhujbal’s associate and chartered accountant Sunil Naik in connection with the case.

The Enforcement Directorate is probing Bhujbal, his son Pankaj and nephew Sameer in the case concerning a contract the former allegedly gave a builder in 2005 without inviting tenders when he was the state’s PWD minister.

The Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau had earlier filed two FIRs against the Bhujbals and others under the provisions of the PMLA to probe the Delhi-based Maharashtra Sadan scam and the Kalina land grabbing case. (ANI)