Mumbai: Order on Chhagan Bhujbal’s habeas corpus writ reserved

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Monday reserved its orders over the writ of habeas corpus filed by former Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal. The 69-year-old politician has challenged his arrest in connection with the Rs 800-crore vexed money laundering case.

Bhujbal, who is in custody since March this year, has sought bail on the ground that he has been illegally detained by ED as it does not have any powers to make arrests. He has also challenged the constitutional validity of certain provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), which empowers ED to make arrests.

On the other hand, the ED has opposed his bail and contended that his arrest is completely legal. The agency has also claimed that it had given Bhujbal 15 days notice before his arrest. The Additional Solicitor General(s), both from Supreme Court as well as HC, had appeared for ED. Both of them had argued that Bhujbal should have challenged his detention during his arrest and not after eight months.

A division bench of Justice Naresh More and Justice Shalini Phansalkar-Joshi has heard both the sides at length. The bench is likely to pass orders in the next hearing.

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