Senior NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal discharged from hospital
(Sourced from PTI)
Senior NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal, granted bail in a money laundering case, was today discharged from the civic-run KEM hospital where he underwent treatment for nearly a week. The hospital authorities said they decided to discharge Bhujbal as his medical reports were fine without divulging any other details. Bhujbal, 70, is in jail since March 2016 in connection with a money laundering case.
Bhujbal was granted bail on May 4 by the Bombay High Court after it took into consideration his old age and deteriorating health. He was later admitted to the KEM hospital in Parel area after he was released from the Arthur Road Jail.
Dr. Avinash Supe, KEM Hospital's dean, had then said some of Bhujbal's medical reports were expected and that they would decide on his discharge after taking into account his response to medication. An official from the hospital said, "Bhujbal's medical reports were ok, hence we decided to discharge him." "He has been treated for multiple ailments but we cannot disclose the details," he added.
Bhujbal, who handled the Public Works Department (PWD) in the Congress-NCP government, was arrested in March 2016 after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) found in an inquiry that he allegedly misused his office in awarding contracts for PWD projects, causing a loss to the exchequer. His son Pankaj Bhujbal yesterday met Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray at the latter's residence in Mumbai.
A Shiv Sena MLA said the meeting was a 15-minute courtesy call by Pankaj Bhujbal and that there was no political discussion between them. On the possibility of Bhujbal shifting his political ideology after having been granted bail, the leader said it was highly unlikely.