Law will take its course in Bhujbal case: Maha Minister

Thane: Law will take its own course in the case of alleged corruption where an FIR has been filed against former Maharashtra PWD Minister and NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal, a State Minister said today.

Maharashtra ACB today registered an FIR against Bhujbal and five others in connection with alleged corruption in
awarding of some contracts by PWD (during Congress-NCP rule), including the one for construction of New Maharashtra Sadan (Government guest office) in New Delhi.

Asked about the matter, Maharashtra Minister of State for Home (Urban) Ranjit Patil tonight said everyone was equal
before law, which will take its own course in the graft case.

"The police were doing their duty and all are equal before law," said Patil, who was here to participate in the
inauguration of a revamped Police Control Room at the Thane commissionerate. To a question about manpower shortage in the Thane police, the minister said the problem was not limited to the city alone and it existed through the state.

Patil said he and Thane Guardian Minister Ekanth Shinde would soon meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and discuss
the issue. Inaugurating the refurbished control room, Shinde said there was a lot of disparity in the strength of Mumbai and Thane police force.

Mumbai, with a population of 1.50 crore, had a strength of 45,000 police personnel, while adjoining Thane, whose
residents number 85 lakhs, had just 7,500 cops, he said. He suggested making CCTV installation compulsory in housing complexes and surrounding areas to check crime.

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