Mumbai: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is expected to file on Thursday its chargesheet in the Adarsh Housing Society scam in which several Maharashtra Congress ministers and high-ranking defence are under scanner.
The filing of chargesheet comes a day after the two-member probe panel constituted by the state government to look into the Adarsh scam, grilled former chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh and Union Power Minister Sushil kumar Shinde in connection with the case.
Seeking to absolve himself of culpability in the 'Adarsh' scam, Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh yesterday passed the buck to former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, saying the "whole" matter was referred to the revenue department for clearance after which the land was allotted.
Chavan, who had to step down as Chief Minister soon after the alleged scam surfaced, was Revenue Minister during Deshmukh's first stint as Maharashtra Chief Minister between 1999 and 2003.
Deposing before the panel for the second day, the 67-year-old Union Minister of Science and Technology also said the Revenue Minister had not brought to his notice at the time of issuing Letter of Intent (LOI) to Adarsh society for allotment of land that the plot did not have a property card or a survey number.
Deshmukh also said the decision to include civilians as members of the society, which was said to be exclusively meant for members of the defence services and war widows, was taken by Chavan.
In his deposition yesterday, Deshmukh had said he was not informed by the revenue department that the land where the building stands was in possession of the Local Military Authority and a garden existed on the plot.
Like Deshmukh, Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, who is also under the scanner in the scam, had in his deposition on Monday, sought to wash his hands off the blame, saying the decision on allotting government land and granting additional FSI to the society was taken during Deshmukh's tenure as Chief Minister.
Both Shinde and Deshmukh had handled files pertaining to the controversial society during their stint as CM.
After Shinde and Deshmukh, Chavan, who is the only former Chief Minister to have been made an accused in the case, will depose before the Commission on June 30.
The CBI has registered a case against 14 people including Chavan and several retired army officers and bureaucrats. The CBI has said it will file a charge sheet in the case soon, while Enforcement Directorate is also conducting a preliminary enquiry against the accused to see if there was money laundering by the society members.
CBI has alleged in its FIR that Chavan as Revenue Minister okayed inclusion of civilians in the society meant for Defence personnel and, as quid pro quo, his relatives got flats in the 32-storey plush building.
With PTI Input
First Published: Thursday, June 28, 2012, 09:49