Adarsh accused moves court to defreeze bank a/c
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Last Updated: Tuesday, September 06, 2011, 22:42
Mumbai: The special CBI court hearing the Adarsh society scam on Tuesday received applications from former deputy secretary PV Deshmukh, an accused in the case and family of another accused former civic body chief Jairaj Phatak seeking to defreeze their bank accounts frozen by CBI.

"We have moved the application for defreezing the accounts and the hearing is on September 8," Deshmukh's lawyer Niteen Pradhan said.

CBI in its FIR had accused Deshmukh of having abused his official power by fraudulently communicating to the BMC (local civic body) that the Ministry of Environment and Forest had given a 'No Objection Certificate' to Adarsh Society for constructing a residential building.

Wife and daughter of another accused in the scam, former chief of the civic body Jairaj Phatak also filed a similar application.

"Wife and daughter of Phatak have moved an application seeking to defreeze the bank accounts", said his lawyer Ashok Mundergi.

According to the CBI, Phatak's son, Kanishka, is one of the 103 members owing an apartment in Adarsh Housing Society in Mumbai's upmarket Colaba area.

The CBI had alleged in its first information report (FIR) that Phatak, during his tenure as BMC chief, had approved the height of the Adarsh building to be increased from 97 metres to 107 metres on September 1, 2007.

Incidentally, Aadarsh Society's application seeking release of the documents seized by the CBI is pending before the court.

All the applications are likely to come up for hearing on September 8.


First Published: Tuesday, September 06, 2011, 22:42

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