A day after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) registered two cases against NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal and his associates under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), 2002, four employees of a Singaporean firm have been issued summons. According to an ED source, the agency is investigating allegations that a company owned by Bhujbal invested Rs 30 crore in the firm, and will analyse the finances of individuals, companies and other entities associated with Bhujbal.
Meanwhile, a day after Bhujbal alleged that details of two of his properties made public by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) were wrong, the bureau issued a clarification on one of them, saying it was the result of a typing error. Bhujbal said his flat at Sukhada Apartments, Worli, measures 650 square feet and not 2,000 square feet, as the ACB claimed. He also said his flat at Manek Mahal measures 800 square feet and not 1,200 square feet, and accused the ACB of deliberately inflating the figures.
The ACB issued a clarification on the Sukhada flat, which read, “The carpet area of the flat in Sukhada is 750 square feet and not 2,000 square feet. This was a typing mistake.” It did not respond to Bhujbal’s claim about the Manek Mahal flat.
In Tuesday’s raids, the ACB found several immovable assets – including swimming pools and a helipad – but no jewellery or cash in any of the 16 properties owned by Bhujbal, his relatives and associates in Mumbai, Thane, Lonavala, Pune and Nashik. On Wednesday, six ACB officers searched Bhujbal's Mumbai Education Trust (MET) in Bandra but were unable to find any more evidence pertaining to the scam.