Hearing adjourned in Adarsh housing scam

A special court here on Monday adjourned till August 6 a case involving the Central Bureau of Investigation’s probe into the Adarsh housing scam, as the Bombay High Court is expected to decide on the central agency’s jurisdiction to investigate the scam.


Nithin Belle

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Published: Tue 24 Jul 2012, 11:18 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 11:34 AM

The special CBI court was to begin hearing the CBI’s arguments on taking cognisance of the case. The central agency had filed a 10,000-page charge-sheet against 13 persons, including former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan, who was sacked by the Congress after his name surfaced in the scam.

But the Maharashtra government filed an affidavit in the Bombay high court, questioning the need for a CBI probe as the land on which the allegedly illegal 31-storied building came up belongs to it and not to the defence ministry. The high court will take up the case on August 3.

There are sharp differences between the Maharashtra government and the union defence ministry — though both the governments are ruled by Congress-led alliances.

The Maharashtra government wants to virtually scuttle the CBI probe into the scam — in which two other former chief ministers including Vilasrao Deshmukh and Sushil Kumar Shinde, both of who are central ministers, are also involved. The state government claims the land on which the building came up belongs to it. However, A K Antony, the defence minister, reiterated in Mumbai that the land belonged to his ministry and the CBI had every right to probe the scam. “The land is in our possession and we have conveyed this to the inquiry commission,” Antony told reporters during his visit here.

A state government appointed commission ruled that the land did not belong to the defence. The defence ministry claims that the building, located in Cuffe Parade and quite close to sensitive installations, also posed a security risk.


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