Adarsh scam: CBI extended Gidwani’s custody

Mumbai: Adarsh Housing Society promoter K L Gidwani's custody to the CBI was extended on Monday for a day by a special court here.

The special court extended Gidwani's custody accepting the agency's plea that the accused has to be interrogated further to identify the high and mighty ones in the Maharashtra government who had allegedly dealt with the Adarsh Housing file and for whom flats were booked in the Society.

The CBI said during his interrogation, Gidwani revealed that the payment for four benami flats in the Adarsh Society was made by him through his bank.

Of these four flats, two were reserved in proxy to oblige influential state government officials who dealt with the concerned file during the relevant period, the agency said.

The CBI told the court that interrogation also revealed that Gidwani was instrumental in managing various clearances from different state departments by adopting similar modus operandi which needs to be unearthed.

The CBI alleged that Gidwani had opened an account in Kallappanna Awde Ichalkaranji Janata Sahakari Bank Ltd in a proxy name at Sangli, in which huge amount of cash was deposited from time to time.

Most of the cash deposited in the account was then transferred to the accounts of Gidwani's wife, son and daughter-in-law which are in HDFC Bank in Worli, the agency claimed.

Thereafter, the said amounts were transferred to the account of a firm called M/s Jai Maharashtra, HDFC Bank, Worli, in which his sons are directors, it submitted.

Further, CBI said, this money was used for making payments towards the benami flats booked in the Adarsh Society.

The source of the cash would be revealed by none other than Gidwani and hence his police custody was being sought to be extended, the central agency said.

The CBI also said that a search was conducted at the residence of Proprietor of M/s Samarth Enterprises, Sangli and incriminating documents were seized.

Documents have been called from the concerned bank, witnesses have been identified and the CBI is in process of recording their statements, the agency said in the remand application.

The CBI also said that it has to scrutinise and confront the accused with the incriminating documents collected during the search.