PMLA court reserves order on Bhujbal's bail plea till Friday
Special Judge of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court, PR Bhavke heard the arguments of lawyers of Bhujbal and ED before reserving the order.
Mumbai: A special court on Wednesday reserved till 13 May its order on the bail application filed by senior NCP leader and former deputy chief minister Chhagan Bhujbal who was arrested in a money laundering case in connection with the alleged Maharashtra Sadan scam.
Special Judge of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court, PR Bhavke heard the arguments of lawyers of Bhujbal and Enforcement Directorate before reserving the order.
The court also extended the judicial custody of Bhujbal and his nephew and former MP, Sameer till 25 May. The duo is lodged in Arthur Road jail.
Bhujbal's lawyer Prasad Dhakepalkar told the court that the application for bail is based on medical grounds as the former minister is suffering from various ailments and needs constant monitoring by doctors.
Though there is a restriction on granting bail to an accused arrested under PMLA there is an exception for those who are old, for women and those who are unwell, he said.
Dhakepalkar said Bhujbal is suffering from multiple diseases and his condition may worsen if he is not granted bail.
However, the ED opposed the application saying Bhujbal's health is being monitoring twice in day by chief medical officer in the jail and that all possible treatment has been extended to him.
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 guest house 'Maharashtra Sadan' in Delhi and the Kalina land-grabbing case.
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Bhujbal's lawyers relied on the apex court's November 2017 judgement which struck down section 45 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
From a nonentity existence as a street vegetable vendor to his tenure as the second-in-command at the Mantralaya in Mumbai, Chhagan Bhujbal's rapid rise to fame is a political folklore.
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