Adarsh scam: Ashok Chavan quizzed by CBI

Last Updated: Monday, January 30, 2012 - 18:36

New Delhi: After quizzing two Union
ministers in connection with the multi-crore Adarsh scam, the
CBI has examined former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok
Chavan, as the agency prepares to wrap up its probe in the
housing society case.

According to sources in the probe agency here today,
Chavan was questioned by the CBI sleuths in Mumbai early this
month about his role in connection with Adarsh Housing Society
during his tenure as state Revenue Minister and as the Chief
Minister.

Chavan, who is an accused in the case, was the third
politician to be examined by the CBI after Power Minister
Sushil Kumar Shinde and Science and Technology Minister
Vilasrao Deshmukh.

When contacted, Chavan refused to comment saying the
matter was sub-judice.

According to CBI, Chavan during his tenure as Revenue
Minister allegedly became part of the criminal conspiracy
along with other accused members of the Housing society in the
approval of resolution recommending inclusion of civilians in
Adarsh society which was originally meant for Kargil war
widows and victims.

CBI has alleged that Chavan abused his official position
with an ulterior motive of getting flats for his relatives.

It has questioned at length other accused including
Adarsh society`s general secretary R C Thakur, retired Army
Brigadier M M Wanchoo and Congress leader K L Gidwani.

The agency gathered sufficient information about the
case before Chavan and senior IAS officer Jairaj Phatak were
called for questioning, CBI sources said.

Phatak, a 1978 batch IAS officer of Maharashtra cadre,
was the then Commissioner of Brihanmumbai Municipal
Corporation (BMC) and was heading the committee on high rise
buildings.

The allegation against Phatak was that during his
tenure as Commissioner of BMC, he had approved the height to
be increased from 97 metres to 107 metres on September 1,
2007. The agency has alleged that he had not referred the
height increase to other committee members.

CBI had on January 29 last year registered a case
against 14 persons including Chavan and retired army
officials, bureaucrats and state government officials on
charges of criminal conspiracy, fraud and misuse of their
official powers.

The plush housing society was built on prime defence
land in alleged violation of rules. The building was
originally meant to be a six-storey structure to house
families of Kargil war heroes but was later extended to 31
floors without mandatory permission with the flats being given
to relatives of politicians, bureaucrats and police officials.

PTI



First Published: Monday, January 30, 2012 - 18:36

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