Chhagan Bhujbal granted bail in a money laundering case

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The Bombay High Court on Friday granted bail to senior NCP leader and former Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal in a money laundering case.

Bhujbal and his nephew Sameer Bhujbal had moved the Bombay High Court against a special court’s order rejecting their bail pleas in a money laundering case.

The court granted a bail and directed him to pay Rs 5 lakhs as surety. He has been asked to surrender his passport and not to leave Mumbai without the permission of the court.

Bhujbal has been accused of laundering around Rs 840 crores.

The public works department minister was arrested in March 2016 by the Enforcement Directorate to look into allegations of grant of contract for construction of New Maharashtra Sadan at New Delhi. It is alleged that the said contract had irregularities, lack of transparency and apprehends transfer of funds indirectly to the 71-year-old.

His bail plea was rejected twice by the Prevention of Money Laundering Act court. At High Court, he challenged the constitutional validity of Section 45 (offenses cognizable and non-bailable) of PMLA under which he was arrested.

The charge sheet filed by the Directorate that quotes the charge sheet filed by the Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau, mentions the scam involving the Bhujbal’s that started in 1998 when M/s K S Chamankar Enterprises – the developer – and M/s P S Chamankar Associates – the architect, proposed to redevelop two plots in Andheri (West) one owned by the government of Maharashtra, and the other in possession of the RTO.

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