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NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal addresses a press conference in Mumbai. (Image: IANS)

Former Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal and his nephew Sameer Bhujbal have been sent to judicial custody till May 11 in money laundering case by special Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) court.

The influential OBC leader was arrested in March under the provisions of the PMLA by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) after the agency could establish the chain how the bogus deals and illicit funds funneled into the Bhujbal empire.

Ironically, those who stood by him for all these years seemed to have turned bete noire as the business empire he had built so far stands on the verge of collapse.

On March 31, a special court for Prevention of Money Laundering Act cases in Mumbai had extended judicial custody of Bhujbal and his nephew Sameer Bhujbal, also an accused in the case, till April 27.

ED had filed two FIRs against Bhujbal and his family members under the anti-money laundering laws.