Adarsh scam: CBI records statement of Deshmukh

CBI, probing multi-crore rupees Adarsh Housing Society scam, has recorded the statement of Union minister Vilasrao Deshmukh.

Last Updated: Oct 31, 2011, 20:24 PM IST

Mumbai/New Delhi: CBI, probing multi-crore
rupees Adarsh Housing Society scam, has recorded the statement
of Union minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, who had dealt with files
pertaining to the society during his tenure as Maharashtra
Chief Minister.

The agency, which had registered a case against 14 people
including former chief minister Ashok Chavan, had on July 31
recorded the statement of another Union minister Sushil Kumar
Shinde.

The questioning of Deshmukh, according to official
sources, took place few weeks back and his statement was
recorded by the agency.

Both Shinde and Deshmukh, at present Union minister for
Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, had dealt with
files and passed proposals pertaining to the 31-storey plush
building in south Mumbai, which was allegedly granted
permissions after flouting rules and regulations.
CBI, which had registered the FIR in the scam in January,
is likely to file charge sheet against the 14 accused soon.

The Bombay High Court had directed the agency to expedite its
investigations and submit charge sheet at the earliest.
During his tenure as the chief minister, Deshmukh, who
was also heading Urban Development Department, gave approval
to a proposal made by the society seeking deletion of an
adjoining land reserved for BEST and change it to residential
type.

PTI