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ED summons Bhujbal’s son, seizes his passport

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Stepping up its action against the Bhujbal family, the Enforcement Directorate has seized the passport of Pankaj Bhujbal, son of senior NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal, and has summoned him for questioning in a money laundering case registered against him and others.

Pankaj Bhujbal-AVOfficials said the agency has taken the action of seizing the international travel document of Pankaj under relevant sections of the Passport Act and the summons for recording of his statement have been issued under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) recently.

“He has been summoned to appear before agency investigators in the coming week. He has been sent such summons earlier too but he did not come,” they said.

Pankaj, an MLA in the Maharashtra Assembly, has been also named in the criminal FIR filed by the agency which includes former PWD Minister Chhagan Bhujbal, other associates and entities and his nephew Samir, who was arrested by the ED in the same case.

The ED had conducted searches on at least nine premises, including properties and offices, belonging to the senior Bhujbal, Pankaj, nephew Samir and few others.

The NCP had then described the searches as “political vendetta”.

The agency’s action came days after the Bombay High Court on January 28 sought progress reports from the Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau and the ED in four weeks on their probe against Bhujbal and his family members.

The agency has filed two FIRs against the Bhujbals and others under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), based on the Mumbai Police FIRs, to probe the Delhi-based Maharashtra Sadan construction scam and the Kalina land grabbing case.

The agency has also brought out three property attachment orders worth over Rs. 280 crore in this probe case under money laundering laws.

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