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Mumbai: On Thursday, a special court discharged Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Minister Chhagan Bhujbal, his son Pankaj, nephew Sameer and five others in the Maharashtra Sadan scam case.

In his first reaction to reporters after being discharged, Bhujbal, wearing a blue kurta with a maroon scarf around his neck that is quintessential to the state cabinet minister, said, “Satya pareshan ho sakta hain, lekin parajit nahi (The truth can be troubled, but not defeated).”

The entire case has, however, been a rollercoaster ride over the past decade, starting with allegations by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) and inaction by the then Congress-NCP state government between 2012 and 2014. 

This was followed by rapid progress in investigation after the Devendra Fadnavis-led government took over in 2014, which registered a case and filed a chargesheet, all of which led to Bhujbal spending two years behind bars.

The leader, who started his political career with the Shiv Sena, defected to the Congress and ultimately joined the NCP, got a discharge from the case at a time when the BJP is in the opposition and the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government is in power. The MVA government, in which Bhujbal is a cabinet minister, comprises the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress.

The Maharashtra Sadan case dates back to 2005 when the state…

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