Cancellation of NBW rejected
Mumbai: Adding to the discomfort of sitting MLA and Chhagan Bhujbal’s son Pankaj Bhujbal, the Bombay High Court on Wednesday rejected his application seeking cancellation of the non-bailable warrant issued against him for his alleged role in a Rs 800 crore money laundering case.
It may be recalled that a special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court had issued non-bailable warrants against Pankaj and several others, named in the said money laundering case, in April this year.
Pankaj’s application was rejected by a division bench of Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Amjadsayed, after Enforcement Directorate (ED) opposed his plea.
Hiten Venegaonkar, the counsel for ED argued that the application of the accused is not ‘maintainable’ and urged the bench to dismiss the same. He informed the bench that the accused has an alternative ‘remedy’ to approach the special PMLA court, which issued the warrants.
Senior counsel VikramChaudhary appearing for Pankaj told the bench to grant some protection since his client can be taken into custody if he (Pankaj) appears before the court to challenge the warrants.
However, the bench rejected Pankaj’s application and has not granted any protection or relief to him.
It may be noted that before approaching the Bombay HC, Pankaj had approached the Supreme Court with the same application; however, the apex court had sent him back to HC.