Sameer Bhujbal seeks interim bail in money laundering case
Senior NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal's nephew Sameer Bhujbal today pleaded a Bombay HC bench headed by Justice VL Achilya to grant him interim bail in a money laundering case citing his uncle's case, who was given relief on May 4. Another bench presided by Justice Bharati Dangre had rejected the plea for Sameer Bhujbal last week. A detailed hearing is kept for May 17.
"The probe in the case is complete, and I deserve to be granted bail on the primary ground that the main accused (Chhagan Bhujbal) has already been granted bail in the case," Sameer said. Sameer's lawyer Vikram Chaudhary said the maximum punishment under the Prevention of Money Laundering (PMLA) Act was seven years and he had already been in custody for over two years.
Sameer's 70-year-old uncle had approached the high court in January this year seeking bail on the grounds that his custody was not required anymore as the charge sheet was already filed while also citing his ill-health. While granting him bail, Justice PN Deshmukh had cited Chhagan's old age, and also the fact that he had cooperated with the ED probe.
Sameer, Chhagan, and 51 others were charged by the ED in 2016 for various offenses, including alleged corruption in the construction of the Maharashtra Sadan in New Delhi. According to the ED, the duo had given contracts related to construction and development works, including one for the Maharashtra Sadan in New Delhi, to a particular firm, getting bribes for himself and his family.