Bhujbal takes ill while on way to PMLA court in Mumbai

NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal was admitted to a hospital after he complained of chest pain and uneasiness while on his way to attend a court hearing here today.

Bhujbal was granted bail by the Bombay High Court on May 4 after being in jail since March 2016 in connection with a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

He was on his way to attend a hearing in the PMLA court when he took ill and had to be admitted to Jaslok Hospital in south Mumbai's Pedder Road area, sources said.

"He experienced pain in the chest and breathlessness," sources added.

His lawyer Shalabh Saxena said that the court hearing was postponed to September 6 due to his ill health.

The former state Public Works Department minister was arrested in March 2016 after an Enforcement Directorate (ED) inquiry revealed that he and his associates allegedly misused their office and caused financial loss to the government.

According to the ED, Bhujbal had awarded contracts related to construction and development works, including one for the construction of the Maharashtra Sadan in New Delhi, to a particular firm, in return for kickbacks for himself and his family.

Soon after his release from jail in May, the NCP legislator from Yeola in Nashik district underwent prostate surgery.

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