A special trial court presiding over cases of money laundering, on Wednesday issued a non-bailable warrant (NBW) against leader of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Pankaj Bhujbal and 28 other accused in a Rs 800 crore money laundering case. Pankaj is the son of NCP leader and former deputy chief minister of Maharashtra Chhagan Bhujbal who is in judicial custody in the case.
Special judge P R Bhavake also extended the judicial custody of Chhagan Bhujbal and his nephew Sameer Bhujbal, a former Member of Parliament (MP) in the same case to May 11. Sameer was arrested on February 2 while Chhagan Bhujbal was arrested on March 14. The case filed by the Enforcement Directorate is about contract for construction of Maharashtra Sadan in Delhi and alleged land grabbing at Kalina in Mumbai. The court also on Wednesday took cognisance of the 11,700-page chargesheet filed on March 30 by the ED.
The chargesheet had apart from the three Bhujbals, also named as accused a Sanjay Kakde of Kakade infrastructure, a director of Balwa group of companies , Vinod Goenka of DB group , three Chamankar brothers, another businessman Shailesh Mehta and employees of a Mumbai education Trust of which Chhgagan Bhujal is founding-trust Tanveer Shaikh and Sanjay Joshi among others.
The ED has attached four properties of the Bhujbals in Mumbai and Nashik worth Rs 132 crore. The probe is on to identify other assets.