Bhujbal to stay in jail, son Pankaj gets relief till May 25
Former Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal, was not given bail by the Bombay High Court while son Pankaj, managed to get interim relief against arrest. They had approached the High Court on Thursday.
Bhujbal was seeking bail on medical grounds through senior counsel Amit Desai, while Pankaj wanted relief from arrest against a non-bailable warrant (NBW) issued against him by the special Prevention of Money Laundering Act court.
Cases have been registered against the Bhujbal family in Maharashtra Sadan and Kalina Land Scams.
Pankaj, along with Suresh Jajodia, managed to get interim relief till May 25 in the Maharashtra Sadan scam and Kalina Library scam cases on the warrant issued against him. Pankaj’s lawyer, Vikram Chaudhari, also demanded the quashing of proceedings of NBWs, which had been kept pending by the High Court.
Amit Desai, senior counsel who represented Bhujbal, told the bench that looking into his age and the illnesses he suffered from, he should be granted bail. He also showed Justice Abhay Gadkari Bhujbal’s medical certificates from Hinduja Hospital and St George Hospital where he was recently admitted that showed two different serious illnesses.
Justice Gadkari asked state special pleader Poornima Kantharia to form a special medical board and examine Bhujbal on May 24.
The report of the medical board should be submitted on May 27 when Bhujbal’s bail application will be heard.
Till then, the senior Bhujbal, along with nephew Sameer, will have to stay behind bars in the Maharashtra Sadan and Kalina Library scam cases, in which they are the prime accused, and currently lodged in Arthur Road Jail.
Justice Gadkari asked the Sessions Court to hear on May 23 the petition of Sanjay Kakade, Asif Balwa andVinod Goenka against whom NBWs have been issued.
They have challenged the whole proceedings of issuance of NBWs.
The ED had registered two enforcement case investigation reports after the Anti-Corruption Bureau had registered two cases against the Bhujbal family in the Maharashtra Sadan and Kalina Library scams.
The ED has alleged that around R870 crore has been laundered by the Bhujbal family to West Bengal by creating fake companies.