Adarsh scam: Ashok Chavan to be grilled by CBI

Ex-Maha CM became part of the criminal conspiracy during his tenure as revenue minister, said CBI.

Updated: May 02, 2011, 00:48 AM IST

Mumbai: After having quizzed several
accused in the infamous Adarsh scam, it will be the turn of
former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan soon to face
some questions from the CBI which plans to wrap up probe into
the Housing Society case.

The CBI, which has been spending considerable time in
scrutinising the documents and records of the housing society,
has questioned at length other accused including Adarsh
society`s general secretary RC Thakur, retired brigadier MM
Wanchoo and Congress leader KL Gidwani.

They were called first to gather as much information
about the case before Chavan and senior IAS officer Jairaj
Phatak were called for questioning.

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

According to the CBI, Chavan, during his tenure as
Revenue Minister, became part of the criminal conspiracy along
with Thakur, Wanchoo and Gidwani after he proposed to the trio
to pass a letter recommending inclusion of civilians in the
Adarsh society which was initially meant for Kargil war widows
and victims.

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

When contacted, Chavan told PTI that "I have not been
summoned yet. I am sure it is a normal process."

The former chief minister also refuted reports that
his mother-in-law Bhagwati Sharma had taken Rs 65 lakh loan
from former joint commissioner of police (traffic), Sanjay

"It is 100 per cent bogus news planted in media by
some political rival. Neither I nor any of my relatives have
taken money from the police official," Chavan said.

CBI, which was handed over the probe by the Defence
Ministry, is conducting investigations on war-footing to
finish investigations by May 31.

"We had kept a tentative deadline of May 31 to finish
probe. But it seems like it would overshoot as several
investigating officers are either busy preparing documents to
be submitted to the inquiry commission, set up to probe the
scam, or are busy preparing for the numerous petitions filed
in Bombay High Court," CBI officials said.