Adarsh: HC asks CBI to probe claims against Deshmukh, Shinde

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 17:27

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court today directed
the CBI probing Adarsh Housing Society scam to look into
allegations of involvement of Union ministers Vilasrao
Deshmukh and Sushil Kumar Shinde, observing Law is "equal" for
all and should "reach everyone."

The High Court also directed CBI to submit a progress
report by next week after noting that the investigating agency
should make efforts to look into the involvement of everybody
concerned, irrespective of who he is and what position he
holds.

Deshmukh, Union Minister for Rural Development and
Shinde, Union Power Minister, were Chief Ministers of
Maharashtra when the files related to the high-rise Adarsh
building in upscale Colaba were processed.

The directions were given by a division bench of Justices
Ranjana Desai and R G Ketkar while hearing a bunch of
petitions related to the scam, including the one filed by
Adarsh Society challenging the demolition order and activist
Simpreet Singh`s petition seeking monitoring of the probe by
the court.

Singh`s petition says CBI has filed cases against a
select few, but the `main players` like Deshmukh and Shinde --
both former Chief Ministers(of Maharashtra) -- have not been
named in its FIR.

"CBI should make efforts to look into the involvement of
everybody concerned, irrespective of who he is and what
position he holds. Law is equal for all and should reach
everyone. CBI, before filing its progress report next week,
should also look into these allegations," Justice Desai said.

Additional Solicitor General Darius Khambatta, appearing
for CBI, told the court that the agency had already taken all
documents and material regarding Deshmukh and Shinde, obtained
by Simpreet Singh.

"We are following it up. The agency is conducting the
probe on a war-footing. A progress report would be submitted
to the court next Wednesday," Khambatta said.

The Adarsh building allegedly violates Coastal Regulation
Zone norms, among other procedures.

Former journalist Ketan Tirodkar, who has also filed a
petition, submitted an affidavit today alleging that
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister, Ajit Pawar, is also
involved in Adarsh scam.

According to the affidavit, two Pune-based members of
Adarsh Society had, in the verification form, given the same
address as the one given by NCP leader Ajit Pawar`s wife in an
application before a civil court in Pune in 2009.

"Ajit Pawar`s wife, Sunetra, in an application before a
civil court in a property dispute had given her residential
address as Jijai, Yashwant Ghatgenagar Society, University
Road, Pune. The same address has been given by two members of
Adarsh society - Jayshree Bhosale and Nivruti Ganpati Bhosale
- in an undertaking," the affidavit claims.
The court has asked CBI to look into this aspect too.

The bench, which today started hearing arguments of
senior counsel Mukul Rohatgi against Union Environment
Ministry`s demolition order, would continue the hearing
tomorrow. Vilasrao Deshmukh, union minister for rural development, and Union Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde were Chief Ministers of Maharashtra when the files related to Adarsh were
processed.

The building allegedly violates Coastal Regulation Zone
norms, among others.

Former journalist Ketan Tirodkar, who has also filed a
petition, submitted an affidavit today alleging that
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, is also
involved in the scam.

According to the affidavit, two Pune-based members of
Adarsh Society had, in the verification form, given the same
address as the one given by Ajit Pawar`s wife in an
application before a civil court in Pune in 2009.

"Ajit Pawar`s wife, Sunetra, in an application before a
civil court in a property dispute had given her residential
address as Jijai, Yashwant Ghatgenagar Society, University
Road, Pune. The same address has been given by two members of
Adarsh society - Jayshree Bhosale and Nivruti Ganpati Bhosale
- in an undertaking," the affidavit claims.

The court has asked CBI to look into this aspect too.

The bench, which today started hearing arguments of
senior counsel Mukul Rohatgi against Union Environment
Ministry`s demolition order, would continue the hearing
tomorrow.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 17:27

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