A special court on Thursday discharged Maharashtra minister and senior leader and seven others, including his son and nephew, in the Maharashtra Sadan scam case being probed by the state ACB. Besides (73), the special court hearing cases related to the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), discharged his son Pankaj, nephew Sameer and five others in the 2015 case. They had sought discharge in the case, related to alleged corruption in the construction of a new Maharashtra Sadan in Delhi and involvement of a private firm, claiming there was no evidence to prosecute them and the court allowed their applications. The Bhujbhals were represented by counsel Prasad Dhakephalkar along with advocates Sajal Yadava and Sudarshan Khawase.


They submitted that all the allegations against them were false and were based on wrong calculations, assumptions and presumptions. Despite a voluminous charge sheet, running into thousands of pages and filed in 2016, there was no sufficient evidence to proceed with trial, they argued. “He (Chhagan Bhujbal) had no role in selection of the developer. Neither he had any role In selecting the quantum of benefits to be conferred on the developer,” the lawyers argued. There is no material on record in any form to suggest that the leader got illegal gratification, they added.

The ACB, in a reply filed through special public prosecutor Ajar Misar, had earlier…

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