DECORATIVE paintings, chandeliers, imported flooring, designer toilets and other expensive furnishings and fittings installed in the palatial Solitaire building in Mumbai’s Santacruz, where Nationalist Congress Party leader Chhagan Bhujbal resided, will now become evidence for the Maharashtra Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), which is investigating a disproportionate assets case against the former deputy chief minister and his family members.
While the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has already attached the building and estimated its worth to be Rs 110 crore, senior ACB sources told The Indian Express that they would also conduct a valuation of the interiors of the luxurious interiors of the building. “We will do the valuation of each item inside the building… For this, we will appoint a certified valuer,” said a senior officer.
A similar exercise will be carried out across all properties owned by the Bhujbals in Mumbai, Nashik and elsewhere.
“The decision to factor in the cost of furniture and fittings was taken because those were the expenses that the accused would have footed and he should be able to produce bills to prove how he bought them,” an official said.
In May, the ACB registered a disproportionate assets case against Bhujbal and his family, accusing them of amassing wealth more than their known sources of income. The politician allegedly amassed Rs 203.24 crore between 1999 and 2014.