Maharashtra Anti Corruption Bureau Tuesday raided senior NCP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra Chhagan Bhujbal’s residences and offices in and around Mumbai, Nashik, Pune and Yeola in connection with alleged corruption in awarding contracts, including the one for construction of New Maharashtra Sadan in New Delhi.
Besides the residences and offices, farms houses and shops owned by Chhagan Bhujbal too were raided by the Maharashtra ACB. The ACB last Monday registered an FIR against former PWD Minister Bhujbal and five others in connection with alleged corruption in awarding of some contracts, including the one for construction of New Maharashtra Sadan in New Delhi.
Expressing surprise at the speed of investigation, Bhujbal said awarding contracts was not his decision alone. Apart from the then chief minister, chief secretaries and other cabinet ministers too were part of it but only he was being targeted. NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik while refuting all the charges against Bhujbal, alleged that the action is politically motivated. He also said that they will move the court against this action. On the other hand, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis justified the action and said there was no political vendetta in the FIR against Bhujbal.