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Trouble mounts for NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal, third FIR filed

PTI 14 Jun 2015, 8:46:38 IST

Mumbai: In further trouble for former Maharashtra Minister and NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal, Navi Mumbai police on Saturday filed an FIR against him in connection with a housing project, days after he was named in two corruption-related cases.

The FIR, filed at the Taloja Police Station in Navi Mumbai, names Bhujbal, his son Pankaj, and nephew Samir.

They have been booked under IPC Sections related to cheating, criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust and relevant provisions of Maharashtra Ownership Flats Act, police said.

The case involves an amount of Rs 44 crore and concerns 2,300 people who had booked houses in the project promoted by a realty company owned by the Bhujbal family at Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, they said.

A group of 25-30 people, waiting for the housing project to take off for four years, had approached the court over the delay in its construction.

The builder, Devisha Infrastructure Pvt Ltd, told buyers that administrative delays have held up the project, 'Hex World'.

In 2010, the developer had collected 10 per cent of the flat's total cost as booking amount but started no work.

Sameer and Pankaj Bhujbal, the men managing the realty firm, allegedly took bookings of 2,600 flats in 'Hex World'. After delays, they offered to refund the amount.

The latest police action comes days after two FIRs were filed against Bhujbal, one in allotment of land in Kalina in Mumbai and another in Maharashtra Sadan scam.

The cases related to alleged irregularities in allotment of a prime plot in Kalina to a developer and construction of a new building of Maharashtra Sadan, the state government's guest house in New Delhi.

Bhujbal was Public Works Department Minister in the previous Congress-NCP Government in Maharashtra.