Adarsh scam: Activist moves court after ACB fails to lodge FIR

An activist has approached a court here seeking it to direct the State Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) to register an FIR on the complaint lodged by him last week in connection with the Adarsh Housing Society scam.

Last Updated: Nov 17, 2010, 15:55 PM IST

Mumbai: An activist has approached a court
here seeking it to direct the State Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) to register an FIR on the complaint lodged by him
last week in connection with the Adarsh Housing Society scam.

Santosh Daundkar had on November 9 approached the ACB
seeking to file a complaint against former Principal Secretary
of the Urban Development department and current Information
Commissioner Ramanand Tiwari, MLC Kanhaiyalal Gidwani and
Adarsh Society Secretary R C Thakur.

"The ACB failed to lodge an FIR following which we
approached a metropolitan magistrate`s court here with a
private complaint," Daundkar`s lawyer Y P Singh said.

Under section 156 (3) of the CrPC, a magistrate has
the power to order an investigation and registration of a
first information report (FIR).

As per Daundkar, Tiwari had deleted reservation of an
adjacent plot reserved for a BEST deport by misusing his
official power. Tiwari`s son Onkar owns a flat in the
31-storey building in Colaba in South Mumbai.
"According to the CBI manual, when the number of state
government officials in an offence is larger than central
government officials, the jurisdiction to take action in the
case is with the State ACB," Singh explained.

The court is expected the hear the case on November 29.

PTI