Maha Sadan scam: Chhagan Bhujbal likely to appear before ED today

New Delhi: Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister and NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal is likely to appear before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) today for questioning in the money laundering case filed against his family related to Maharashtra Sadan scam.

Speaking to ANI, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kirit Somaiya said that Bhujbal’s questioning will now bring everything out in the open, particularly about the money laundering and the corrupt practices

“In January 2012, I had taken the initiative to explore the corruption against Chhagan Bhujbal and his family. He will now have to tell ED that how he generated the money. Everything is going to come out in the open now about the money launderuing and the corrupt practices,” Somaiya added.

Last month, the ED questioned Chhagan’s son Pankaj Bhujbal in the case and also seized Pankaj’s passport to ensure he does not leave the country.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had on February 1 arrested Sameer Bhujbal, the nephew of Chhagan Bhujbal, in a money laundering case in Mumbai after the agency conducted multiple searches in connection with its probe against Bhujbals and others.

The Maharashtra ACB had earlier filed two FIRs against the Bhujbals and others under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) to probe the Delhi-based Maharashtra Sadan construction scam and the Kalina land grabbing case.

Chhagan is being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in several cases of money laundering.

Series of raids have been conducted at the properties owned by Bhujbal and his family across Maharashtra in the last one and a half years.

Investigating agencies are also looking into alleged corruption in the award of contracts during his tenure as Maharashtra’s PWD minister. (ANI)