Adarsh case: 3 accused get CBI custody till Mar 31
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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 19:01
  
Mumbai: Retired Defence Estates Officer, R C Thakur, Brigadier (retired) M M Wanchoo, and former Deputy Secretary in Maharashtra Urban Development Department, P V Deshmukh, arrested yesterday in the Adarsh Society scam, were on Wednesday remanded to CBI custody till March 31.

The three were produced before special CBI judge M V Kulkarni today.

The arrests followed a censure by the Bombay High Court which asked why CBI had not been taking action against those who were allegedly involved in the case.

The accused have been arrested under the provisions of IPC, Prevention of Corruption Act and Benami Transactions Prohibition Act, said CBI special prosecutor Ejaz Khan.

Seeking custody, CBI said investigation was at a crucial stage. The accused were a part of the larger conspiracy and the agency had to ascertain the bribe amounts as well as the corruption trail, it said.

According to the agency's plea, Thakur conspired with officers of Defence Services, promoter of Adarsh Housing Society K L Gidwani, and officers of state government to get the plot (on which Adarsh Society came up) which was in the possession of the Army for long.

The accused "manipulated and fabricated records to achieve the objective of getting land allotted in favour of Adarsh", it said.

"In lieu of this abuse of their official position, they obtained for themselves and close relatives, property rights over flats in illegal manner at a very low cost compared to market value for pecuniary advantage," the remand application said.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 19:01


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