The Bombay High Court Friday recused itself from hearing a petition seeking a direction to CBI to produce evidence during its probe into the Adarsh Housing Society scam on the basis of which it had given a clean chit to former Maharashtra Chief Minister Sushilkumar Shinde.
In a blow to former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, the Bombay High Court Wednesday dismissed his appeal to recall an earlier order refusing to delete his name from the multi-crore Adarsh Housing Society scam case.
Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Shivajirao Patil-Nilangekar on Thursday moved the Bombay High Court seeking permission to intervene in the hearing of a petition in the special CBI court which accuses him of involvement in the Adarsh Housing Society scam.
Following a directive of Bombay High Court, the Central Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday submitted a chart segregating the public interest litigations on Adarsh Housing Society scam on the basis of issues.
The CBI Friday told the Bombay High Court that it was not within its purview to go into Maharashtra governor`s refusal to sanction prosecution of former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan in the Adarsh Housing society case.
Bombay High Court rejected an application made by scam-tainted Adarsh Housing Society opposing the title suit filed by Union Ministry of Defence claiming ownership on the land in South Mumbai where the plush building stands.
Members of Adarsh Housing Society issued a notice against Narendra Modi seeking apology for "defaming" the society and also threatened to file a defamation suit of Rs 100 crore in the High Court if the BJP`s PM nominee failed to oblige.
Many of the `benami` flats (the flats held in the name of a proxy buyer) in the scam-tainted Adarsh Society here were purchased under the quotas for scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and `weaker sections of the society`, the CBI has said in its supplementary chargesheet.
Maharashtra former chief minister Ashok Chavan, charge-sheeted in the Adarsh scam, on Wednesday looked set to be let off the hook, with the CBI moving a special court seeking approval to drop his name as an accused in the case following governor`s refusal to sanction his prosecution.