Arrested NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal to be produced in court

After grilling Bhujbal for over nine hours, the ED arrested him in a money laundering case

geetanjali

Geetanjali Minhas | March 15, 2016 | Mumbai


#bhujbal money laundering   #enforcement directorate   #Chhagan Bhujbal   #Maharashtra Sadan scam  
NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal
NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal

Former Maharashtra deputy chief minister and senior NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal, who was arrested on Monday evening by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), will be produced in a special PMLA court today. Since he is a sitting MLA, information of his arrest will be communicated to the speaker of the Maharashtra assembly.
 
After grilling Bhujbal for over nine hours, the ED arrested him in a money laundering case, which the agency claims caused a loss of Rs 870 crore to the exchequer. 
 
The ED is probing alleged kickback received by Bhujbal and his family members for awarding government projects to select contractors through companies owned by his family. These contracts were awarded from November 2004 to September 2014 when Bhujbal was that state PWD minister.
 
As per the ED, Bhujbal was non-committal on the sources of cash and claimed that the decision to award contracts during his tenure as PWD minister was taken by the cabinet sub-committee. “He was non-committal on the sources of cash. Since his answers were unsatisfactory, we arrested him,” said an ED officer.
 
According to the agency, Bhujbal was questioned on large sums of cash, allegedly laundered with the help of hawala operators into shell companies floated by his nephew Sameer and son Pankaj. Sameer has already been arrested and lodged in Arthur Road Jail. The ED has seized passports of Bhujbal and Pankaj.
 
The state anti-corruption bureau has already filed a chargesheet against Chhagan Bhujbal, Pankaj, Sameer and 14 others in the Maharashtra Sadan scam case, which was built at the cost of Rs 100 crore when Congress-NCP coalition was in power in Maharashtra.
 
ED had earlier brought out orders for attachment of three properties with an estimated worth of over Rs 280 crore in the case under money laundering laws and twice conducted searches at nine premises  including properties and offices  belonging to  Bhujbal, Pankaj, Samir and others.
 
 

Comments

 

Other News

Lohani is new chairman of railway board

Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani was appointed the Chairman of Railway Board on Wednesday after incumbent AK Mital put in his papers. Mital tendered his resignation to railway minister Suresh Prabhu following two derailments in Uttar Pradesh.   Lohani, a 1980-batch office

Land swap proposal between AAI and MMRDA approved

 The government on Wednesday gave its approval for transfer of 40 acres of Airports Authority of India’s (AAI) land at Dahisar to Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) for its metro shed, swapping with 40 acres of Maharashtra government land at Gorai in Mumbai.  

Loss making Bharat Wagon and Engineering Co. to be shut

 Ministry of railways’ proposal of closing down Bharat Wagon and Engineering Company Limited (BWEL)  has been accepted by the cabinet committee on economic affairs, chaired by the prime minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday.   A total of 626 employees of BWEL will b

Suresh Prabhu hints he wants to quit, Railway board chief resigns

Railway minister Suresh Prabhu on Wednesday dropped a hint that he has offered to resign while Chairman Railway Board AK Mital tendered his resignation following two major train accidents.   The resignation offers come just three days after three top railway officials were se

EESL becomes world’s largest street light company

 Around 30 lakh LED street lights, spread across 50,000 km of roads, have been installed across the country under the centre’s street lighting national programme (SLNP). With this, Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), under ministry of power, has become the world’s largest street lig

Soil Health Cards scheme moves at snail’s pace

An ambitious scheme to provide Soil Health Cards for 14 crore land holdings spread across the country seems to be moving at a painfully slow pace.   Prime minister Narendra Modi on August 21 reviewed the progress and he was informed that 16 States/UTs have completed the first



Video

Prabhu offer to resign

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter