Mumbai/Nagpur: Former Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister and NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal appeared before the Enforcement Directorate today in a money laundering case connected to the Maharashtra Sadan construction scam.
Defying prohibitory orders, his supporters gathered outside the ED office and raised slogans soon after he arrived. They were detained by the police.
The ED has filed two cases against Mr Bhujbal, his son Pankaj, nephew Sameer and some others in the Maharashtra Sadan construction scam and the Kalina land grabbing case.
Last month, Mr Bhujbal’s nephew was summoned by the ED. He was later arrested and is currently lodged in the Arthur Road jail.
His son Pankaj has also been questioned in the case. The ED had also conducted searches at nine properties belonging to the Bhujbals as part of its probe into the case.
The NCP had described the searches as “political vendetta”.
The ED’s probe followed a Bombay High Court ruling in January when it sought progress reports from the Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau and the ED on their investigations against the Bhujbals.