Pankaj, the son of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Chhagan Bhujbal, on Friday recorded his statement in connection with the graft allegations in the redevelopment of the middle income group (MIG) colony at Bandra.
“Pankaj was questioned and his statement has been recorded. He clarified his stand on the allegations levelled against him,” said a senior officer of the anti-corruption bureau (ACB) department.
The ACB had earlier questioned Chhagan Bhujbal and his nephew Sameer in connection with the case.
According to a public interest litigation (PIL) filed in the Bombay high court, the public works department allegedly received kickbacks to allot the redevelopment of the colony to three private developers. The ACB is looking into the allegations, after which a case will be filed. “We will also question the private players involved,” said another ACB officer.
The project was, however, shelved by then chief minister Prithviraj Chavan in 2013. There are 9 allegations of corruption and misuse of power against Chhagan Bhujbal, his family and associates, of which cases have been registered in case of three – two by the ACB and one by the Navi Mumbai police.
In the Maharashtra Sadan Redevelopment case, the contract of state guesthouse in the capital was not advertised and the contractor gave the sub-contract to companies owned by Bhujbal’s family and friend. The private developer was allowed to carry out the makeover of the Maharashtra Sadan and the Andheri RTO in lieu of FSI for a slum rehabilitation project in Andheri.
In the Kalina land deal, Bhujbal and five others have been accused of allegedly causing huge losses to the state exchequer by illegally leasing a prime plot at Kalina in Santacruz (East) to a private developer. In the Kharghar housing project, the Navi Mumbai police have registered a case against the Bhujbals based on a complaint filed by Chembur resident Yunus Shaikh, alleging he has been cheated in connection with a housing project.