As the Bombay High Court dismissed former Maharashtra minister Chhagan Bhujbal’s petition seeking bail and challenging his arrest under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday said the former is reaping what he has sown, because, despite all ‘manipulations’, the court has sent him back to jail from hospital.
“As you sow so shall you reap? Whatever Chhagan Bhujbal has sown, he is going to reap that only. And because of that only, despite all his efforts, the court has sent him back to jail from hospital,” said BJP leader Prem Shukla.
Bhujbal, who is in judicial custody since March, had sought bail from the high court on medical grounds, saying his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) was not as per procedures established by law.
Before his incarceration on charges of having disproportionate sources of income, Bhujbal, an Other Backward Class (OBC) leader, had a mass political base in Maharashtra. Hailing from the Mali caste, he was a vegetable vendor in the Byculla market and started his political career with the Shiv Sena in the 1960s. Bhujbal left the Shiv Sena in 1991 and joined the Indian National Congress and thereafter the Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party. He was arrested by the ED on March 14 this year.