The Enforcement Directorate (ED) probing money laundering allegations against the Bhujbals said Solitaire, the building in which the family lived, is “illegal” and the “criminality involved in the matter needs to be investigated”.
This revelation came to light on Monday in the ED’s remand report when NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal’s nephew, Sameer, was produced in the sessions court, which remanded him in judicial custody until February 22. Sameer will be lodged in Arthur Road jail.
The central agency, in the remand report submitted before the court, said the “statement of one Mr Claude Fernandes was recorded on 08.02.2016 under section 50 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002. He has deposed he was the owner of the plot where a bungalow named ‘La Petit Fleur’ was standing at Convent Avenue Road, Santacruz; that the said plot was handed over to M/s Palm Shelter, a Raheja Group company in 1994; that in 2005, the said bungalow was demolished and construction of a new building was started; that he came to know that M/s Parvesh Construction Pvt Ltd was doing the said construction and the same company belonged to Bhujbals; that he had issued letters to M/s Parvesh Construction Pvt Ltd and others requesting to stop the construction; that he had met Shri Sameer Bhujbal at the office at MET, Bandra (West), in order to settler their claims in respect of the said property; that however, till date their claims are not settled.” (sic). “Shri Claude Fernandes has feared the Bhujbals being powerful politicians would settle the matter in their favour. It therefore appears that the construction of the building ‘Solitaire’ is illegal and the criminality involved in the matter needs to be investigated,” the report stated.