Mumbai: Coming down heavily on the CBI
for its slow pace of probe into the missing files case of the
scam-hit Adarsh Housing Society, the Bombay High Court on Tuesday sought a reply from the investigating agency tomorrow.
"This is a very serious matter. There should not be any
soft handling. We are not happy with the speed of the
investigation and CBI`s conduct," a division bench of Justices
Ranjana Desai and R V More said.
The court`s remarks came after Y P Singh, counsel for
petitioner Simpreet Singh pointed out that the four persons
arrested by CBI in connection with the Adarsh files, gone
missing from the urban development department, were granted
bail after the agency failed to file its chargesheet within
the stipulated 60-day period.
"Who are the officers in-charge for the case? Name them.
We will take appropriate action against them. This should not
have happened. Why could you not file a chargesheet in time?"
Justice Desai questioned.
The court further remarked that CBI has arrested the
"small people" in the case but has to also look into the role
of "higher officials".
Asking the CBI to speed up the probe, Justice Desai
remarked, "The petitioners are right in saying that they have
no faith in you (CBI)… We want to ensure that the faith placed
on CBI by the court is not misplaced."
Singh further pointed out to the court that CBI is giving
preferential treatment to some big personalities like Union
ministers Sushil Kumar Shinde and Vilasrao Deshmukh.
"Treat everybody equally irrespective of their status.
Expedite the investigation. You (CBI) cannot be going in your
own pace," Justice Desai said.
Additional Solicitor General Darius Khambata, appearing
for CBI, submitted a status report to the court in a sealed
cover and said the agency is questioning and recording the
statements of all persons connected to the scam.
He further said that the Income Tax department is looking
into the alleged benami flats and transactions.
The court has directed CBI to file another status report
by September 5 on the entire probe into the case.
Simpreet had filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL)
seeking the High Court to monitor the CBI investigation in the