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CBI questions 3 accused associated with Adarsh sacm

CBI on Thursday grilled three main accused including a Congress leader and a retired Army official in the Adarsh housing scam, six days after it registered a case against former Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan and 12 others.



Mumbai: CBI on Thursday grilled three main accused
including a Congress leader and a retired Army official in the
Adarsh housing scam, six days after it registered a case
against former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and 12
others.

The three -- Adarsh society`s general secretary R C
Thakur, retired Brigadier M M Wanchoo and Congress leader K L
Gidwani -- were questioned at the CBI office here at Colaba.
The agency confronted them with documents seized during
searches on January 30, a day after registering the case
against the 13 accused.

According to the FIR, Thakur and Wanchoo allegedly
conspired with others to illegally get the land alloted in
favour of Adarsh Cooperative Housing society in which they
were members. The 31-storey building with 103 flats was
originally meant for Kargil heroes and and their families.

Later, Gidwani also allegedly used his personal
influence with the public servants to lure them with
membership in lieu of favours.

Gidwani told reporters "we were issued notices yesterday
asking us to remain present before the CBI. We are being
questioned...I am co-operating with the agency." Gidwani said
he had not yet thought of filing an anticipatory bail plea.
Senior officials from the Defence Estate Office were
also called for verification of the documents seized during
the searches on January 30.

In a related development, the CBI is also now planning
to quiz former Deputy Secretary of Urban Development
Department P V Deshmukh after the agency claimed to have
recovered Rs 23 lakh from his residence during the searches.

"Apart from certain documents, hard disk and laptop, we
recovered Rs 23 lakh from Deshmukh`s residence here," a CBI
official said.

Two months after initiating a preliminary inquiry, CBI
had on January 29 registered an FIR against 13 people,
including Chavan, retired army officials, bureaucrats and
state government officials on charges of criminal conspiracy,
fraud and misuse of their official powers.

Soon after registration of the FIR, the agency conducted
searches at the premises of Thakur, Wanchoo, Gidwani
and suspended state information commissioner Ramanand Tiwari -
in various parts of Maharashtra and Bihar.

The 13 accused include six retired top army brass, four
ex-IAS officers, two politicians and a former defence estates
officer.

The FIR accuses the 13 of offences under the Indian
Penal Code (IPC), like criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery
for the purpose of cheating and public servants using forged
documents as genuine. They have also been charged under the
Prevention of Corruption Act.

PTI

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