A Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court on Thursday extended the judicial custody of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Chhagan Bhujbal and his nephew Sameer till April 13.
Chhagan Bhujbal was produced before the court through video-conferencing from Arthur Road jail. Amit Desai, the lawyer for Bhujbal, argued that Chhagan had gone through an angioplasty and had asthama problems with diet restrictions, sleep apnea and his blood sugar levels have to be monitored. The counsel made an application seeking medicines, home food, bed and doctor check-up.
He also made an application seeking a complaint copy of the case to which Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) lawyer objected.
Bhujbal spoke to the court stating that he is suffering from ailments and that he should be allowed to meet with his lawyer without the barricades inside the prison. The court stated that the applications will be heard on April 4 while extending the judicial custody till April 13.
ED, in its remand application, stated that “several inputs have been received indicating placement, channelling, layering of proceeds of crime worth crores of rupees by Chhagan in the names of former public servants, associates and his trusted people. The verification and identification of such proceeds of crime is in full swing and custodial interrogation of Chhagan is utmost necessary to corroborate and confront with the facts unearthed during the course of investigation.”
The ED stated in the report, while seeking judicial remand, Chhagan being an influential person may influence other witnesses. The ED also alleged that Chhagan has not come out with true facts and has maintained studied silence towards the entire gamut of his money-laundering activities.
The ED on Wednesday had filed a charge-sheet against Chhagan and 52 others in connection with the PMLA case registered in the Maharashtra Sadan scam and Hex World case in Navi Mumbai.