ED summons to Chhagan Bhujbal, says BJP MP

Mumbai, March 8 (IANS) Senior NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal has been summoned for questioning by the Enforcement Directorate next Monday, BJP MP Kirit Somaiya said here.

The former Maharashtra deputy chief minister has been called for questioning in connection with cases under Prevention of Money Laundering Act, and Foreign Exchange Management Act pertaining to the alleged scam in the construction of Maharashtra Sadan in New Delhi, Somaiya said.

The development comes exactly a month after Bhujbal’s nephew Sameer Bhujbal was similarly summoned in February and later arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Later last month, ED had questioned his son Pankaj Bhujbal, a legislator, and allowed him to go, even as Chhagan Bhujbal cried foul, while the Nationalist Congress Party had termed it “political vendetta”.

The ED’s probe followed a Bombay High Court ruling in January when it sought progress reports from Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau and the ED within four weeks on their investigations against the Bhujbals.

The ED had lodged two first information reports against the Bhujbals and others under the PMLA to probe the Maharashtra Sadan scam in New Delhi and the Kalina land grabbing scam in Mumbai.

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