Adarsh: Hard disk missing, CBI mulls polygraph

The disclosure by the agency comes days after a significant file connected with the case went missing from the Ministry of Environment and Forest in New Delhi.

Updated: May 16, 2011, 20:46 PM IST

Mumbai: In a significant turn of events in
Adarsh missing files case, the CBI on Monday told a Magistrate
that a computer hard disk of Maharashtra Urban Development
Department is missing even as the agency said it was mulling
conducting polygraph tests on three arrested state government
officials.

Three officials of the UDD - desk officer Gurudatt
Wajpe, assistant town planner NN Narvekar and a clerk Waman
Rawool - were arrested on May 5 by the CBI in connection with
files pertaining to the scam-tainted Adarsh Housing Society
going missing from the UDD office soon after irregularities
regarding the plot came to light last year.

The CBI, on Monday, while seeking further custody of the
trio, told a magistrate that a hard disk from the UDD office
is missing. "The computer was used for preparation of note
sheets pertaining to Adarsh society. The missing hard disk
needs to be recovered," CBI told the court.

"The trio has been evasive in their replies during
interrogation. We are hence planning to subject them to
polygraph (lie detector) tests. We are likely to file an
application before the court seeking permission," a senior CBI
official said to a news agency.

Meanwhile, CBI, which had registered the missing files
case after directions from the Bombay High Court, has also
questioned TC Benjamin, principal secretary of UDD.

"Benjamin had taken over as principal secretary after
Ramanand Tiwari, one of the accused in the main scam case.

Benjamin had also handled the Adarsh files. He was questioned
on the basis of that capacity," the official said.

The CBI is probing allegations of corruption against
bureaucrats and defence staff in connection with the 31-storey
Adarsh Housing Society in south Mumbai.

PTI