New Delhi: NCP politician and Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Chhagan Bhujbal got relief from a special court in the Maharashtra Sadan case. The case was being investigated by National Investigative Agency since 2015.
Along with Chhagan, son Pankaj, nephew Sameer, and 5 others were cleared dropped from all charges by the court. Lawyers Sajal Yadav and Sudarshan Khawase, argued for Chhagan citing, there is no evidence of any corruption by him in his department during his tenure as deputy chief minister and the state minister of PWD (Public Work Department) from 2004-2014.
The case was filed in 2015 against Bhujbal and 16 others by ACB (Anti-Corruption Bureau), charging that a developer was favored by him for a project on land which is owned Regional Transport Office.
Earlier, Bhujbal told the media, that all allegations are based on ‘wrong calculations’ and there was no loss suffered by the government as the proper process was followed. He also said that the decision to hand over the project was taken by the Cabinet Infrastructure Committee in a meeting headed by Former CM Vilasrao Deshmukh, and it was not his own decision.
Another case is filed by ED (Enforcement Directorate), based on this case and it is still pending. The charges on that case are supposed to drop too. Bhujbal was arrested by ED in March 2016 for the same. He was granted bail in 2018 by the Bombay High Court.