Bombay High Court refuses to grant interim bail to Sameer Bhujbal

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Tuesday refused to grant interim bail to Sameer Bhujbal, the nephew of former deputy chief minister Chhagan Bhujbal. The former law maker, Sameer has approached the HC seeking bail on the ground of parity citing the release of his uncle Chhagan, who was granted bail earlier this month.

Both Sameer and Chhagan Bhujbal were arrested in 2016 for their alleged roles in the Rs 840 crore money laundering case and were lodged in jail for more than two years. While Chhagan was released this month, Sameer is yet to be bailed out. In his plea moved through advocate Shalabh Saxena, Sameer has sought bail on the grounds of parity. He has cited the recent orders of Justice Pradeep Deshmukh, who granted bail to his uncle Chhagan in the same case. On Tuesday, Sameer approached the vacation court presided over by Justice Vijay Achliya seeking interim bail, till the period his plea is decided finally. The court refused to entertain the plea citing the ‘busy schedule’ of vacation courts.

To this, senior counsel Vikram Chaudhary, representing Sameer told the court that all the 53 accused in the money laundering case are out on bail except his client. He also highlighted the fact that the ‘main accused’ in the case – Chhagan, too has been released on bail. Having heard the contention, Justice Achliya posted the matter for further hearing on Thursday.

Sameer and Chhagan Bhujbal are accused of siphoning hundreds of crores of money they received as ‘kickbacks’ from a ‘particular’ firm, to which they had awarded contracts of several construction projects, while they chaired the Public Works Department (PWD) of then government.

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