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Sameer Bhujbal seeks interim bail, cites HC order in uncle's case

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Sameer Bhujbal, the nephew of Chhagan Bhujbal, today urged the to grant him interim in a money laundering case on the grounds of parity with his uncle, who was given relief on May 4.

and were arrested in 2016 after ED claimed that the former and his associates allegedly misused their office and caused financial loss to the government

Sameer Bhujbal's told a vacation bench of the high court that since the "main accused" in the case, Chhagan Bhujbal, had recently been granted by the court, he too must at least be granted an interim

Chaudhary told the bench led by Justice V L Achilya that the maximum punishment under the Prevention of Money Laundering (PMLA) Act was seven years and he had already been in custody for over two years.

"The probe in the case is complete, and I deserve to be granted bail on the primary ground that the main accused (Chhagan Bhujbal) has already been granted bail in the case. This same court granted him bail and its order can be the basis for my bail," said.

Sameer Bhujbal, his uncle and former Chhagan Bhujbal, and 51 others were charged by the (ED) in 2016 for various offences, including alleged corruption in the construction of the Sadan in

While was granted bail on May 4 this year by another bench of the high court, a vacation bench presided by Justice had refused to grant any interim relief to last week.

Chaudhary argued today that of the 53 accused in the case, Sameer Bhujbal was the only one still in custody.

The court has now kept the case for a detailed hearing on May 17.

According to the ED, Sameer Bhujbal and had awarded contracts related to construction and development works, including one for the construction of the Sadan in New Delhi, to a particular firm, in return for kickbacks for himself and his family.

As per the ED, Chhagan Bhujbal, during his term as the state PWD minister, and Sameer Bhujbal used to channel such money to illegal companies owned by them.

Chhagan Bhujbal, 70, had approached the high court in January this year seeking bail on the grounds that his custody was not required anymore as the charge sheet was already filed and citing his ill-health.

While granting him bail, Justice P N Deshmukh had cited Chhagan Bhujbal's old age, and also the fact that he had cooperated with the ED probe.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 15:45 IST
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