Adarsh scam: Don`t get bogged down, HC tells CBI

Bombay High Court asked CBI to conduct a "good, honest and proper" investigation into the Adarsh Housing Society scam.

Mumbai: Asserting that everybody should
be treated equally before the law, the Bombay High Court on Wednesday
asked CBI to conduct a "good, honest and proper" investigation
into the Adarsh Housing Society scam, and not get "bogged down
by certain personalities".

The division bench of Justices Ranjana Desai and R G
Ketkar, after going through the progress report submitted by
CBI, said, "You (CBI) carry on the investigation. But we only
want you to do your job in accordance with law and treat
everyone equally."

"We are not the investigating agency to direct you
(CBI) to go after a particular person. But if someone is
guilty then action should be taken against him. Do not get
bogged down by certain personalities," Justice Desai said.

This is the second report submitted by CBI, following
directions from the High Court last week to look into the
allegations made against union ministers - Sushil Kumar Shinde
and Vilasrao Deshmukh.

The court was hearing the petition filed by social
activist Simpreet Singh seeking court`s monitoring of the
investigations. The petition says that CBI is hesitating to
book Shinde and Deshmukh who are the "main accused" in the
scam.

"We do not want an impression to be formed that the
court is showing undue interest in one particular person. Let
CBI investigate the case as they do in every crime. We would
only supervise the investigations," Justice Desai said.

CBI, in the latest report, has stated that it is probing
the allegations.

Deshmukh, Union Minister for Rural Development and
Shinde, Union Power Minister, were Chief Ministers of
Maharashtra when files related to Adarsh building were
processed. The court has kept the matter for further hearing
tomorrow, as petitioner`s lawyer was not present today.

PTI

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