Former Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister and senior NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal was arrested on Monday evening by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case connected to the Maharashtra Sadan construction scam.
The arrest came almost 10-hour-long questioning of the NCP stalwart by the agency.
The ED on 1 February had arrested Bhujbal’s nephew Sameer Bhujbal. It also questioned Bhujbal’s son Pankaj Bhujbal, an MLA late in February.
ED’s probe started after Bombay high court ruled in January seeking progress reports from the Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau and the ED within four weeks on its investigations against the Bhujbals.
The NCP has called Bhujbal’s arrest a political vendetta by the BJP-led government.
NCP spokesperson Jitendra Ahwad said, “Party chief Sharad Pawar and all other members stand by Mr Bhujbal in this hour of crisis. We are here in full strength to support him.”
Bhujbal has reportedly been questioned on large sums of cash, allegedly received with the help of hawala operators into shell companies that his nephew Sameer floated.