Tightening its noose, the Enforcement Directorate has summoned former Maharashtra PWD minister and NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal on March 14 in connection with its probe into the money laundering case registered against him and others.
The agency is expected to record his statement in the case under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).
BJP leader Kirit Somaiya tweeted about the latest summons first and later agency sources confirmed, albeit reluctantly.
"Now Shri #ChhaganBhujbal called by #ED Enforcement Department for #MoneyLaundering #FEMA case on March 14 for #MaharashtraSadan other cases," Somaiya tweeted.
The ED had registered a PMLA case involving the Bhujbals and some of their associates and has already arrested the former minister's nephew Samir last month in the case.
Samir is currently lodged in the high security Arthur Road jail here.
ED also questioned Bhujbal's son Pankaj in the same case last month.
The agency has filed two FIRs against the Bhujbals and others under the provisions of PMLA, based on Mumbai Police FIRs, to probe the Maharashtra Sadan construction scam and the Kalina land grabbing case.
It has also brought out orders for attachment of three properties with an estimated worth of over Rs 280 crore in the case under money laundering laws.
ED had twice conducted searches at nine premises, including properties and offices, belonging to the senior Bhujbal, Pankaj, Samir and few others.
NCP had then described the searches as "political vendetta".