ED Raids Bhujbal Residence and Offices, Registers Two Cases

ED raids residence and offices of former Maharashtra PWD minister Chhagan Bhujbal. 

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Former Maharashtra PWD minister Chhagan Bhujbal (right) with NCP Chief Sharad Pawar (left). (Photo: Reuters)

In mounting trouble for former Maharashtra PWD minister Chhagan Bhujbal, the Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday registered two Economic Case Information Reports (ECIR) against him and others under the provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

The first ECIR pertains to the Maharashtra Sadan scam and Kalina land allotment case.

The second ECIR is in connection with an FIR against the senior NCP leader involving a housing project at Navi Mumbai. The developer had collected 10% of the flat’s total cost as booking amount in 2010 but started no work, the source said.

The Navi Mumbai police, on Saturday, had booked Bhujbal in the case involving an amount of Rs 44 crore. It concerns 2,300 people who had booked houses in the project ‘Hex World’ promoted by a realty company owned by the Bhujbal family at Kharghar, Navi Mumbai.

The FIR, filed at the Taloja Police Station in Navi Mumbai, named Bhujbal, his son Pankaj, and nephew Samir in the case. They were booked under IPC sections related to cheating, criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust and relevant provisions of Maharashtra Ownership Flats Act.

The Public Works Department under Bhujbal had allegedly awarded sub-contracts to firms in blatant violation of rules in the Maharashtra Sadan case.

The new Maharashtra Sadan was built at the cost of Rs 100 crore when Congress-NCP coalition was in power in Maharashtra.

(With inputs from PTI)

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