Senior NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal apeared before the office of Enforcement Directorate (ED) on March 14 to record his statement in Rs 870 crore money laundering case connected with the Maharashtra Sadan scam. Last week, ED had issued summon asking Bhujbal to appear before them for questioning.
The local police deployed heavy bandobast in the area anticipating that NCP supporters may try to create ruckus in the area. The police issued an order across the city, prohibiting assembly of five or more persons. The ED had arrested Bhujbal’s nephew and former Member of Parliament Sameer in the case on February 1, under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). They want to interrogate Bhujbal about the money trail that they suspect Bhujbals received as kickbacks from the RTO land deal. Sameer is in jail custody presently. The ED had earlier questioned Bhujbal’s MLA son Pankaj in the case.
ED had tightened their grip on Bhujbal after state anti-corruption bureau (ACB) had filed a chargesheet against him recently for forgery, cheating, breach of trust, criminal conspiracy and under the Prevention of Corruption act. The ED translated the chargesheet into English and after detail examination they prepared a questionnaire for Bhujbal. They want to question Bhujbal about the suspicious money transactions. The ED will decide their further course of action against Bhujbal based on his replies, said a source.