The Enforcement Directorate (ED) questioned senior NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal’s son Pankaj for almost eight hours here in a money laundering case registered against him and others in connection with the construction of the new Maharashtra Sadan in Delhi and another case.
Officials said investigators recorded his statement under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) after Pankaj reached the agency’s office in the Ballard Estate area.
Emerging out of the ED office after about eight hours of questioning, he told waiting reporters that he has been cooperating with the agency and will continue to do so.
ED had issued summons to Pankaj sometime ago and it had also seized his passport then.
The officials said he was confronted with a number of documents and financial records which the agency had seized earlier in the case including the testimonies given by other accused.
Sources indicated that the junior Bhujbal could be asked to “join investigations again”.
Pankaj, an MLA in the Maharashtra assembly, has been named in the FIR filed by the agency, besides his father and former state PWD minister Chhagan Bhujbal, other associates and entities and his nephew Sameer, who was arrested by ED in the same case earlier this month.
ED had twice conducted searches at about a dozen premises, including properties and offices, belonging to the senior Bhujbal, Pankaj, Sameer and few others.