Bhujbals knock on Bombay High Court door for relief

While Chhagan Bhujbal is seeking bail, his son Pankaj has approached the court for cancellation of the non-bailable warrant against him by the special PMLA court

Former Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal and his son, Pankaj, have approached the Bombay High Court. The senior Bhujbal has sought bail, while his son has asked for cancellation of the non-bailable warrant (NBW) issued against him by the special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court.

Chhagan Bhujbal approached the court after his bail application citing ill health was rejected by the special PMLA court
Chhagan Bhujbal approached the court after his bail application citing ill health was rejected by the special PMLA court

Bhujbal approached the High Court vacation bench after his bail application, citing deteriorating health condition, was rejected by special PMLA court Judge PR Bhavake.

Pankaj Bhujbal had approached the Supreme Court first, which asked him to approach the High Court. File pics
Pankaj Bhujbal had approached the Supreme Court first, which asked him to approach the High Court. File pics

Bhujbal had cited almost a dozen illnesses like asthma, sleep apnea, diabetes, a need for angiography, bradycardia and an enlarged prostate.

However, Special Public Prosecutor Purnima Kantharia informed the court that all the illnesses were old and present when the money laundering took place as well.

Pankaj, who had so far not approached any court in the case of the Maharashtra Sadan and the Kalina library scams, had got interim relief in Navi Mumbai’s Hexaworld scam, but it was till May 23.

He approached the Supreme Court, which asked him if he had an “allergy” of approaching the High Court, and asked him to approach it first.

Justice Abhay Gadkari has already granted relief from arrest against NBWs to Asif Balwa, Vipul Karkaria, Rajesh Mistry and a few others allegedly involved in the scams.

Bhujbal aides Vinod Goenka of DB Realty, Sanjay Kakade of Kakade Infrastructures, Suresh Jijodia, Rajesh Dharav, Satyam Kesarkar have also approached the High Court for cancellation of NBWs.

The court is also likely to hear their applications on Friday.

The Enforcement Directorate has alleged that Rs 870 crore has been laundered by the Bhujbal family to West Bengal by creating fake companies.

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