The Bombay High Court on Tuesday extended the interim protection from arrest granted to Pankaj Bhujbal, NCP leader and son of former minister Chhagan Bhujbal, till 3 pm on Friday. Bhujbal is facing charges of money laundering in Maharashtra Sadan scam.
“The interim relief has not been granted on merit or considering maintainability of the petition but only as the petitioner was protected under the vacation division bench order, the same is being extended by this court,” said Justice Sadhana Jadhav. Pankaj along with other co-accused had moved the High Court after the Supreme Court had refused to stay the non-bailable warrant issued against them by a designated Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court.
Pointing out that four other accused had approached the division bench seeking quashing of NBW, the court directed Bhujbal also to approach the division court, and granted them liberty to move a division bench on Wednesday.
While doing so, Justice Jadhav said she will extend the interim protection granted to the petitioners till June 10 by when they can approach a division bench.
Meanwhile, another single bench of Justice P N Deshmukh extended the interim protection granted to 11 others accused in the case till July 1.
The court on Tuesday also allowed one of the accused, Sanjay Kakade, to visit Hyderabad for a business assignment on Wednesday and return on the same day by evening.