The Bombay High Court yesterday extended the interim protection from arrest granted to Pankaj Bhujbal, son of former Deputy CM Chhagan Bhujbal, and nine others, who are facing charges of money laundering in Maharashtra Sadan scam, till June 7.
Pankaj, businessmen Asif Balwa, Vinod Goenka and others have challenged the non-bailable warrants issued by the special court for Prevention of Money Laundering Act cases. They have also sought pre-arrest bail from the HC. Last week, the vacation bench had granted them interim protection from arrest. ED counsel Poornima Kantharia yesterday submitted reply affidavits, following which the petitioners’ lawyers sought time to file rejoinders.
Justice Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi adjourned the hearing to June 7 and extended the protection till then. Aabad Ponda, lawyer of a petitioner, argued that ED had already recorded their statements and it did not arrest them then.