Maharashtra Sadan scam: NCP minister Chhagan Bhujbal, son discharged by special court

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Maharashtra Sadan scam: NCP minister Chhagan Bhujbal along with son, nephew discharged

A  special court here on Thursday allowed the discharge applications of Maharashtra minister and senior NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal and seven others in the Maharashtra Sadan scam case.

Besides Bhujbal, the special court hearing cases related to Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), discharged his son Pankaj, nephew Sameer and five others in the case. They had sought discharge, claiming that there was no evidence to prosecute them in the case.

The Bhujbhals were represented by counsel Prasad Dhakephalkar along with advocate Sajal Yadava and Sudarshan Khawase.

They submitted that all the allegations against them were false and based on wrong calculations assumptions and presumptions. Despite the voluminous charge sheet running into thousands pages filed in 2016 there is no sufficient evidence to proceed the trial, they argued.

The ACB had earlier opposed the plea saying that Bhujbal and his family members had received kickbacks from the construction firm K S Chamankar Enterprises.

The case relates to a 2005-2006 deal that the NCP leader allegedly gave to the firm, when he was the PWD minister.

According to the ACB, the contractors had “earned 80 per cent profit” in the construction of Maharashtra Sadan in Delhi, while as per the government circular, such contractors were entitled to “only 20 per cent gain”.

On July 31, the court had discharged four other accused in case.

The ACB has claimed that the original cost estimate for Maharashtra Sadan was Rs 13.5 crore, but it was later increased to Rs 50 crore. The Bhujbals got Rs 13.5 crore in kickbacks from the Chamankars, who earned a profit of about Rs 190 crore from the construction of Maharashtra Sadan and other PWD works, it has said.

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