Adarsh Society moves HC, seeks de-freezing of bank accounts

On January 31st, after lodging FIR against 13 persons including former Maha CM Ashok Chavan in the Adarsh scam case, CBI had frozen two State Bank of India accounts of the Society.

Updated: Mar 01, 2011, 19:11 PM IST

Mumbai: The controversial Adarsh Society in
South Mumbai on Tuesday moved the Bombay High Court seeking
de-freezing of its two bank accounts.

On January 31, after lodging FIR against 13 persons
including former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan in
the Adarsh scam case, CBI had frozen two State Bank of India
accounts of the Society.

The accounts have balance of over Rs 5 lakh, the
Society`s petition says.

"The Society is not an accused in the case and no
allegation of any nature has been made in the FIR against the
Society in connection with any of the accused," it states,
adding that Society needs money as it is incurring legal
expenses of about Rs two lakh a month.

"The freezing of accounts by CBI is illegal, arbitrary
and unconstitutional and has been done without following the
due process of law", the Society`s lawyer, advocate Satish
Maneshinde, said.

The case was mentioned before the division bench of
Justices AM Khanwilkar and A R Joshi, which directed that it
be placed before the bench of Justices BH Marlapalle and RV
More, which is already hearing another case related to Adarsh.

CBI has registered a case against Chavan and 12 others
including retired army officials, bureaucrats and state
government officials; alleging criminal conspiracy, fraud and
misuse of official powers in allotment of plot to the Adarsh
Society.

PTI