A special PMLA court sent NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal in Enforcement Directorate custody for two-days. Bhujbal was produced before the special PMLA court on Tuesday morning after a medical check-up.
As per NDTV report the former Deputy CM cried in the court saying, “I am a victim. I have not done anything.This is politics, they have cooked up the story.”
After a marathon questioning for 11 hours, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) late on Monday night arrested senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and former deputy chief minister of Maharashtra, Chhagan Bhujbal, for alleged involved in the multi-crore Maharashtra Sadan scam.
According to sources, Bhujbal has been arrested under the stringent Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
The ED, which has been investigating the scam, had, last week, summoned Bhujbal on Monday. Bhujbal reached the ED office amidst tight security at 11.30 am.
Speaking to reporters before entering the ED office, he said: “It is political vendetta. Truth shall prevail. I will cooperate with the ED.”
According to ED sources, Bhujbal, along with his son Pankaj and nephew Sameer, allegedly played an important role in laundering huge amount of money that resulted in the loss of about Rs 870 crore to the state exchequer.
The ED has also said that while going through the account books of some of the firms controlled by the Bhujbal family, officials came across various fictitious transactions, which, they believe, is nothing but kickbacks received by the family for awarding various contracts while Bhujbal was the PWD minister.
A large number of party workers gathered outside the ED office and raised slogans even as prohibitory orders were put in place.As the party workers and a huge contingent of media persons waited through the whole day outside the ED office, news trickled late in the night about the arrest.