Adarsh scam: Accused moves HC to defreeze accounts

PV Deshmukh and his family`s bank accounts in Vijaya Bank and Bank of Maharashtra were attached by CBI after it registered a case on January 29, 2011 in the Adarsh Housing Society scam.

Updated: Mar 28, 2011, 18:07 PM IST

Mumbai: Former Deputy Secretary in
Maharashtra government and an accused in the Adarsh Society
scam, PV Deshmukh, on Monday approached the Bombay High Court
seeking CBI to defreeze his bank accounts.

Deshmukh and his family`s bank accounts in Vijaya Bank
and Bank of Maharashtra were attached by CBI after it
registered a case on January 29 in the Adarsh Housing Society
scam.

During searches, the investigating agency had recovered
incriminating documents and Rs 23 lakh in cash from his
residence in the neighbouring Thane district.

Apart from defreezing of the bank accounts, Deshmukh,
in his petition, has also sought CBI to release the cash
amount recovered from his residence.

"The cash recovered is accounted for. Some of it belongs
to my son Harshvardhan and his wife Veera," the petition
stated.

A division bench of Justices PV Hardas and MN Gilani
directed CBI to file its reply to the petition in two weeks.

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.

Apart from Deshmukh, the FIR had also named former
Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, retired army
officials and government officials with charges of criminal
conspiracy, fraud and misuse of their official powers.

PTI