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Maha Sadan case: ED charge-sheet names Bhujbal, kin

Maha Sadan case: ED charge-sheet names Bhujbal, kin
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday filed its first charge-sheet in the Rs 870-crore Maharashtra Sadan scam and related money-laundering cases, in which senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Chhagan Bhujbal, his son Pankaj and nephew Samir have been named.

ED officials said the 11,150-page chargesheet was filed before the Registrar of City Civil and Sessions court here.

“The accused persons named in the criminal complaint include Chhagan Bhujbal, Samir Bhujbal, Pankaj Bhujbal, corporates like DB Realty, Balwa Group of companies, Neelkamal Realtors and Builders Private Limited, Neelkamal central apartment LLP and Kakade Infrastructure. The other individuals named in the complaint are Vinod Goenka, Asif Balwa, Sanjay Kakade and others,” the agency said in a statement.

Chhagan Bhujbal is a former Deputy CM and an ex-PWD minister of Maharashtra.

ED officals said 30 witnesses have also been named in the charge-sheet, which has been filed by furnishing documentary evidence and questioning of the accused in the case till now. “Details of attachments made under PMLA laws in the case have been furnished in the charge-sheet,” they said.

The charge-sheet has been filed on the basis of two PMLA FIRs filed by the agency, which includes cases to probe the RTO office building and other infrastructure projects. The ED took cognisance of ACB FIRs to register its money-laundering cases last year.

Bhujbal, along with his ex-MP nephew Samir, have been arrested in the case by the ED and they are in jail.

“Further identification of money trail and the assets generated out of the proceeds of crime is in progress. If required supplementary charge-sheet/s will be filed in due course of time,” it said.

The agency has filed two FIRs against Bhujbal, his family members and others under anti-money laundering laws, based on the Mumbai Police’s ACB FIRs, to probe alleged irregularities in the construction of Delhi-based state guest house Maharashtra Sadan and the Kalina land grabbing case.
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