Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Friday granted bail to senior NCP leader and former minister in Maharashtra government Chhagan Bhujbal in a money laundering case. Bhujbal, an OBC leader, is granted bail after after two years of his incarceration in the case.
The 71-year-old leader had sought bail after the Supreme Court last December scrapped a provision in a special law that had made seeking bail difficult in PMLA cases.
Citing his ailing health, Bhujbal had approached the high court in January this year seeking bail on the ground that his custody was not required any more as the charge sheet has already been filed, a PTI report said.
Bhujbal’s son and NCP legislator Pankaj and his nephew Sameer are also accused in the case.While Pankaj was granted interim bail, Sameer was arrested in the case and is in jail. Sameer has also filed a bail plea in the high court, which has been posted for hearing in June.
Bhujbal was arrested on March 14, 2016 by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the Maharashtra Sadan scam and Kalina land case in which he and his relatives were alleged to have received kickbacks.
However, his supporters allege that Bhujbal was targeted for helping the poor and marginalized, and because he is from a backward community. As PWD minister and Guardian minister of Nashik district, Bhujbal was instrumental behind important projects especially in Nashik city, Manmad, Yeola and Malegaon.
During his long political career, Bhujbal has also established a number of education institutions in Mumbai, Nashik and other cities. The MET BKC Mumbai and Bhujbal Knowledge City in Nashik are known for their state of the art infrastructure and quality education.
Chhagan Bhujbal and his nephew Sameer Bhujbal both were also actively involved for the establishment of AMU off campus centre in Maharashtra.
Last year, more than 02 lakh of his supporters had hit the streets demanding his release from the jail.
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