The Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), today filed its charge-sheet against senior NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal in a court in Mumbai. The case is for alleged rampant corruption and large-scale irregularities in the construction of the new Maharashtra Sadan, the state government's guest house in New Delhi.
Rs. 100 crore
cost of the new Maharashtra Sadan that was built when Congress-NCP coalition was in power in Maharashtra. Chagan Bhujbal was the Public Works Department Miinister at the time.
individuals and companies in all have been charge-sheeted in the case. These include: Chagan Bhujbal, Pankaj Bhujbal, Sameer Bhujbal, Arun Deodhar, Devdutt Marathe, Bipin Sankhe, Krishna Chamankar, Pranita Chamankar, Tanvir Sheikh, Sanjay Joshi, Manik Shaha, Deepak Deshpande, Anil Kumar Gaikwad, Pravina Chamankar, Prasanna Chamankar, Iram Tanvir Sheikh and Geeta Joshi.
pages make up the voluminous charge-sheet, and contains statements of 60 witnesses. According to Anti-Corruption Bureau sources, the case is entirely based on documentary evidence such as fund transfer and bank transactions.
profits made by contractors in construction of Maharashtra Sadan, source claim. As per government circular such contractors are entitled to only 20 per cent gains. "However, books of accounts have been fudged to show that the profit earned is only 1%", say ACB sources.
people who have been tirelessly pursuing this case are BJP MP Kirit Somaiya and Anjali Damania.
NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal was arrested late this evening by the Enforcement Directorate .