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ED seeks transfer of cases against Bhujbal, kin to PMLA court

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) moved the sessions court seeking transfer of two cases against former Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal and his nephew Samir Bhujbal from the anti-corruption court to Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court.

“The ED has moved the principal judge of civil and sessions court seeking transfer of the hearing of ACB cases in the PMLA court. The (sessions) court has directed the ACB (anti-Corruption Bureau) to file its reply next month,” said Pradeep Gharat, special ACB prosecutor.

Last year, the ED had registered two Enforcement Case Information Reports (ECIRs) under the PMLA against the NCP leader suspecting total illegal transactions to the tune of Rs. 900 crore and had summoned four individuals of a Singapore- based firm in which Bhujbal’s company Armstrong Energy had allegedly invested.

Bhujbal and his nephew Samir were arrested earlier this year by ED in the money laundering case pertaining to alleged irregularities in construction of the Maharashtra Sadan building in New Delhi and the Kalina Library in Santacruz.

The duo were named in a charge sheet by the ED and the State Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).

The case against Bhujbal’s family members pertains to a housing project “Hex World” in Navi Mumbai wherein its developers, suspected to be the ex-ministers kin, allegedly collected 10 per cent of the total cost of flats booked by around 2300 buyers in 2010, but never started work.

Navi Mumbai police had filed a case of cheating to the tune of Rs. 44 crore.

Bhujbal is currently lodged in Arthur Road prison.

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