Bombay HC sets deadline for Bhujbal investigation

ACB told to submit final report by August 19

Bombay HC sets deadline for Bhujbal investigation

Amid mounting troubles for senior NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal, the Bombay High Court on Thursday asked the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to complete its probe within two months time and submit a final report.

However, a division bench of the Bombay High Court headed by Chief Justice Mohit Shah – while hearing a PIL filed by Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), expressed surprise that six months have passed.

“You (ACB) had six months to probe the allegations. The petitioner had submitted sufficient material to start inquiry. All that you had to do was verify the material submitted by the petitioner,” the court said.

Advocate General Anil Singh told the court that the ACB has already registered two FIRs against Bhujbal ,a former Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister, who held portfolios like Public Works Department and Home.and his family members among others and investigations were on into the Maharashtra Sadan scam and Kalina land scam.
Bhujbal, 67, his son Pankaj and nephew Sameer and their close aides are under the scanner of ACB and Enforcement Directorate (ED)

It may be recalled the Bombay High Court had on December 18, 2014, directed setting up of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) comprising ACB and ED to probe 11 different allegations of irregularities relating to money laundering by private companies run by Bhujbal, his sons and relatives.

The court directed the ACB to submit an interim report by July 22 and a final report after completion of the investigation by August 19.

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