Published On : Wed, Feb 25th, 2015

Devendra Fadnavis clears probe against Bhujbal

Mumbai/Nagpur: Former public works minister Chhagan Bhujbal seems to be in a fresh trouble after chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday approved a crucial Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) proposal for an open probe into his assets.

Fadnavis confirmed to media that he had approved the ACB’s proposal for an open probe into Bhujbal’s assets.

Following Fadnavis’s go-ahead, the ACB has already initiated an inquiry into the alleged rampant corruption and irregularities in the construction of Delhi’s Maharashtra Sadan.

On December 12, 2014, advocate-general Sunil Manohar had made a statement before the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court that the state government had approved the ACB’s proposal to conduct open inquiry against NCP leaders Ajit Pawar, Sunil Tatkare and Bhujbal. On November 20, 2014, Aam Aadmi Party leader Anjali Damania had written to ACB director general Pravin Dixit, stating that Bhujbal and his family members had disproportionate assets.

A week after a proposal was approved by the home department, Fadnavis on Tuesday cleared an open probe by the ACB.

In her complaint, Damania submitted that total assets of Bhujbal and his family members stood at Rs 2,520 crore. “It’s a clear case of disproportionate assets and should be investigated,” Damania said.

Damania alleged that there was gross misuse of office by Bhujbal, his son, Pankaj, and nephew Samir. “They floated nearly 20 private firms to create a huge illegal empire. They have also indulged in money laundering,” she said.