A special court in Mumbai on Thursday, September 9, allowed the discharge applications of Maharashtra minister and senior NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal and seven others in the Maharashtra Sadan scam case.
Other than Bhujbal, the special court hearing cases related to Anti-Corruption Bureau, discharged his son Pankaj, nephew Sameer and five others in the case. They had sought discharge, claiming that there was no evidence to prosecute them. The Bhujbhals were represented by counsel Prasad Dhakephalkar along with advocate Sajal Yadava and Sudarshan Khawase.
They submitted that all allegations against them were fake and based on wrong calculations, assumptions and presumptions. In spite of the voluminous charge sheet running into thousands of pages filed in 2016 there is no adequate evidence to proceed in the trial, they argued.
The Anti-Corruption Bureau had earlier opposed the plea saying Bhujbal and his family had received kickbacks from the construction firm KS Chamankar Enterprises. The Enforcement Directorate had also registered a case that is still pending. The ED had arrested Bhujbal in March 2016 and the Bombay High Court had granted bail to him in 2018.