Maharashtra Sadan scam: Court adjourns hearing on Bhujbal's bail plea till 10 May

Mumbai: A special court on Monday adjourned the hearing on a bail application moved by senior NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal who was arrested in a money laundering case in connection with the alleged Maharashtra Sadan scam till Tuesday.

The Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court Special Judge, PR Bhavke directed the prosecution to file its reply on Bhujbal's application on Tuesday.

Chhaggan Bhujbal. AFP

Chhaggan Bhujbal. AFP

Meanwhile, another accused in the case, Asif Balwa on Tuesday moved the court seeking cancellation of a non-bailable warrant issued against him and anticipatory bail.

"Balwa moved the court seeking pre-arrest bail and cancellation of a non-bailable warrant issued against him," said his lawyer Pranav Badeka.

He said both the applications will be heard on 12 May. The court had issued NBW against Balwa, Bhujbal's son Pankaj and other accused on 27 April.

Bhujbal, former deputy Chief Minister, and his nephew Sameer, a former NCP MP, are at present in Arthur Road jail here.

Enforcement Directorate, probing the case, had told the court it had attached properties of Bhujbals worth Rs 131.86 crore and remaining properties worth Rs 708.30 crore are yet to be identified and attached.

The agency had twice conducted searches at nine premises, including properties and offices, belonging to senior Bhujbal, Pankaj, Sameer and a few others.

Pankaj, an MLA in Maharashtra, was named in the FIR filed by the agency, besides his father, other associates and entities and Sameer who was arrested early this year.

ED had filed a 11,500-page charge sheet on 30 March, naming Chhagan Bhujbal, Pankaj, Sameer, D B Realty, Balwa group of companies, Neelkamal Realtors and Builders Private Limited, Neelkamal Central Apartment LLP and Kakade Infrastructure.

The agency had filed two FIRs against Bhujbals and others under the anti-money laundering laws, based on FIRs filed by Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau, to probe alleged irregularities in the construction of the state guesthouse 'Maharashtra Sadan' in Delhi and the Kalina land-grabbing case here.

The High Court had, in December 2014, constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) comprising ED and state ACB officials to conduct the inquiry against Bhujbal and others.

The ACB complaint names Pankaj and Sameer for offences such as cheating, conspiracy, criminal breach of trust under IPC and under Maharashtra Ownership Flats Act.

Updated Date: May 09, 2016 20:38 PM

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