The Taloja police station in Navi Mumbai on Saturday registered an FIR against Pankaj and Sameer Bhujbal, the son and nephew respectively of former Cabinet minister and senior NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal.
The case pertains to alleged cheating in the construction of a proposed residential building in Navi Mumbai.
Earlier this week, the former minister was booked by the Anti-Corruption Bureau for alleged irregularities in the construction of a central library in Kalina, suburban Mumbai, as well as in the Maharashtra Sadan case.
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Pankaj and Sameer are also named as accused in the Maharashtra Sadan case.
On Saturday, the Taloja police registered a complaint of alleged cheating and criminal breach of trust under the Indian Penal Code in connection with a matter pertaining to Hex World Housing Society in Kharghar.
A senior officer with the Navi Mumbai police confirmed that the FIR had been registered against Pankaj, Sameer and three others on Saturday under Sections 420 (cheating), 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 120 (b) (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC. The other three were partners in the project.
“The matter dates back to 2009, when the company owned by Pankaj and Sameer is accused of collecting around Rs 44 crore from a large group of people for flats in a new project called Hex World society in Navi Mumbai, which the company was launching. Later, due to several problems with the owner of the adjoining plot, the building could not be completed and the matter went to court,” said the officer.
Bhujbal’s qualification: Police record statement of activist, no FIR yet
The Bandra police on Saturday recorded the statement of activist Sanjeev Khandekar, who had approached the police with a complaint against former cabinet minister and Nationalist Congress Party leader Chhagan Bhujbal for allegedly misrepresenting his educational qualifications.
Khandekar had on Friday approached the Chembur police with an application against Bhujbal, in which he claimed that the former minister had made false claims about his educational qualifications on his website, on the website of the Bandra-based Mumbai Educational Trust (MET) run by him and in his declaration before the Election Commission of India during the 2014 Maharashtra Legislative Assembly elections. The application was subsequently forwarded to the Bandra police station.
On Saturday, Khandekar visited the Bandra police station and recorded his statement with the police. Police Inspector Rajendra Kane of Bandra police station, who recorded the statement, said no FIR had been filed in the matter as yet.