Three months after the Enforcement Directorate registered two cases of money laundering against NCP leader and former Maharashtra PWD minister Chhagan Bhujbal, the central agency on Wednesday attached assets worth Rs 17.35 crore of Chamankar Enterprises, the firm he allegedly favoured.
The contract of construction of new Maharashtra Sadan in Delhi was awarded to Chamankar Enterprises when Bhujbal was the minister. Reportedly the contracts were awarded without following the rules and in return the firms and trusts controlled by Bhujbal family received kickbacks.
"We have attached fixed deposits and properties of Chamankar Enterprises worth Rs 17.35 crore," said an ED official here, adding that this was the first attachment of assets in the case in which Krishna, Pranita and Prassanna Chamankar have been named in the initial complaint report.
Nobody has been arrested yet, they said.
Earlier the agency had registered two 'Enforcement Case Information Reports' under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act against Bhujbal for alleged illegal transactions to the tune of Rs 900 crore.
The first case pertains to the Maharashtra Sadan scam and Kalina land allotment case, while the second is related to a housing project in Navi Mumbai.