CBI seeks info on cash recovered from Adarsh scam accused

The CBI, probing into the Adarsh Housing Society Scam, on Monday told the Bombay High Court that it has approached Income Tax authorities in connection with Rs 23 lakh unaccounted cash recovered.

Last Updated: Apr 11, 2011, 22:40 PM IST

Mumbai: The CBI, probing into the Adarsh
Housing Society Scam, on Monday told the Bombay High Court that it
has approached Income Tax authorities in connection with Rs 23
lakh unaccounted cash recovered from the residence of former
deputy secretary in Maharashtra government and an accused in
the case, PV Deshmukh.

"Matters related to the recovery of cash up to Rs 23
lakh, which was unaccounted for, have been taken up with
Income Tax authorities for contemplating necessary action
under the Income Tax Act," CBI said in an affidavit.

The affidavit was filed in reply to a petition filed by
Deshmukh seeking CBI to defreeze his bank accounts. Deshmukh
and his family`s bank accounts in Vijaya Bank and Bank of
Maharashtra were attached by CBI after it registered a case on
January 29 in the Adarsh housing society scam.

During searches, the investigating agency had recovered
incriminating documents and Rs 23 lakh in cash from Deshmukh`s
residence in neighbouring Thane district.

"With a view to verify `benami` transactions purportedly
made by the accused person, the operation of his five bank
accounts and three lockers were stopped following due process
of law. We need to verify the various transactions made in
those accounts," the affidavit stated.

CBI had accused Deshmukh of having abused his official
power by fraudulently communicating to the BMC that the
Ministry of Environment and Forest had given a No Objection
Certificate to Adarsh Society for constructing a residential
building.

Apart from Deshmukh, the FIR has also named former
Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, retired army
officials and government officials with charges of criminal
conspiracy, fraud and misuse of their official powers.

PTI