Mumbai: A special court on Thursday remanded senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Chhagan Bhujbal in judicial custody till 31 March. Bhujbal was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on 14 March under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

He was in ED custody since then and was produced before a special PMLA court on Thursday.

On Thursday, the ED questioned Bhujbal along with his nephew and former MP Samir Bhujbal, who is in ED custody since 29 February. The ED has also questioned Bhujbal’s son Pankaj.

“We questioned them together because during our questioning with Chhagan Bhujbal, he consistently referred to Samir and said his nephew was dealing with the matters we brought up. So, we interrogated them together to cross-check information," an ED official who is part of the investigation team said on condition of anonymity. The ED on 15 March had told the PMLA court that Bhujbal was not co-operating with the investigating agency.

Bhujbal’s lawyer told the court that his client was a patient of asthma and the other two accused in the case—Samir and Pankaj—had already given their statements to the ED.

On Wednesday evening, Bhujbal complained of uneasiness after which a team of doctors from the nearby J.J. Hospital was sent to the ED office to examine him. Bhujbal was made to stay at the J.J. Hospital on Wednesday night for observation.

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