CBI registers Preliminary Enquiry in Adarsh scam
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Last Updated: Monday, November 15, 2010, 20:53
Mumbai: CBI on Monday registered a Preliminary Enquiry (PE) in Mumbai Housing Society scam in connection with the alleged role of former and serving Army officers, apparently not exercising the option of a regular case for the moment.

A CBI spokesman said in a statement today that a PE had been registered against unknown people on a complaint by the Defence Ministry.

Defence Minister A K Antony had on Tuesday last announced a CBI probe into the scam involving Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society in which some senior military officers including former army chiefs Gen Deepak Kapoor and Gen N C Vij and ex-naval chief Admiral Madhavendra Singh had flats allotted in their names. The 3 ex-chiefs have since said they are surrendering their flats.

"After PE, if prima facie evidence of criminality is found, regular case will be registered," the CBI spokesman said.

The Defence Ministry has among other things requested CBI to look into issues concerning No Objection Certificate, relinquishment of the land in possession of Army and the extent to which commitments for welfare of defence personnel were complied with.

The registering of PE by the CBI in place of a regular case has surprised observers especially when Maharashtra Chief Miniser Ashok Chavan lost his job within days of the scam coming to light.

Under PE, the CBI cannot effect any seizure of documents or arrest any person.

CBI, which had made an in-house investigations into the case following complaints since October, had apprised the officials at its headquarters about the findings from the documents received from several departments, the sources said.

It had sought documents relating to the Society from various departments of the government, Indian Navy and Army and the Society, the sources added.

"While we had received over 4,000-page documents from the city collector's office, the Society members have sent us a letter requesting more time to submit the documents. We have also received documents from other departments," a senior CBI official said.

Adarsh Housing Society members' lawyer Satish Maneshinde had said "we have given certain documents to CBI and have sought further time to submit the remaining. We have also written to MMRDA officials asking them to take back the notice revoking the occupancy certificate of the society.

"The notice violated principles of natural justice. The building was constructed legally and necessary sanction had been granted by authorities including the MMRDA."

The plush housing Society, built on prime defence land, has been constructed in alleged violation of rules. The building was originally meant to be a six-storey structure to house Kargil war heroes and their kin but was later extended to 31 floors without mandatory permission.


First Published: Monday, November 15, 2010, 20:53

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