Maharashtra EX-Deputy Chief Minister Chaggan Bhujbal Accused in Money Laundering Case, Discharged From KEM Hospital
Bhujbal, once a tall leader of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), has been reeling in jail since 2016. (Image: PTI/File)

Mumbai, May 10: The Nationalist Congress Party(NCP) senior leader and former Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra Chaggan Bhujbal, has been discharged from King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital, Mumbai on Thursday. The former minister  continued to stay in KEM hospital for his ailing health after getting bail from the Bombay High Court. Today, after his discharge, he went straight to his Santacruz apartment.

EX Minister Bhujbal was in Mumbai's Arthur Road Jail for last two years. His request for bail was repeatedly dismissed by the court earlier. However, on May 7 this year, he was granted bail on a surety of rupees five lakhs. PN Deshmukh, Justice of Bombay High court has given him the bail on the condition that he will appear before the officials of Enforcement Directorate(ED) whenever he is summoned for questioning. Also, it is believed that he will meet party workers at his Byculla assembly constituency, from where he started his political career.

Due to his ill health, Bhujbal's lawyer requested the Bombay High Court in January to grant him bail because his custody is not required anymore, as charge-sheet in the case has been filed. Bhujbal and his nephew Sameer Bhujbal were booked under Money Laundering Charges by the ED after they had been found for allegedly misusing the Mumbai Education Trust (MET) office and causing financial loss to the Maharashtra government. The agency in June 2015 filed a complaint before the PMLA court against 53 accused, which also included Chaggan Bhujbal and his nephew, Sameer Bhujbal. The ED in its 11000 page-long charge-sheet  alleged that from 2006 onwards, Bhujbals and their associates laundered money to the tune of Rs 4,264.25 crore.