CBI registers case in Adarsh housing scam

January 29th, 2011 - 2:50 pm ICT by ANI  

Mumbai, Jan 29 (ANI): The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday registered a case against some retired Army officials and bureaucrats of Maharashtra Government in connection with the controversial Adarsh Housing Society scam in Mumbai.

The developments came after the Bombay High Court pulled up the CBI last week for its slow investigation into the case.

It has been reported that the FIR filed by the investigating agency names two former senior Army officials of the rank of Major General and Brigadier.

The Bombay High Court had asked the CBI to complete its probe into the Adarsh housing society scam in two weeks.

The CBI had also been asked to take a decision on filing FIRs in the case.

Earlier, accusing the controversial Adarsh Society of violating the spirit of Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) laws, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said the society ’should be demolished in entirety’.

“Adarsh Society should be demolished because it lacked green clearance, Ramesh said in a report submitted on January 16.

The Ministry of Environment had earlier served a notice to the society asking it why the illegal floors in the building should not be demolished.

The Adarsh scam claimed its first victim last year in the form of former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, who was forced to resign after reports surfaced that his kin owned flats in the society.

The 31-storey Adarsh Housing Society, originally meant for Kargil war heroes, landed in controversy after media reports said that several politicians, bureaucrats and defence personnel owned flats there.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had on November 15 registered a Preliminary Enquiry (PE) to probe the alleged role of former and serving Army officers, with the permission of Defence Minister A K Antony. (ANI)

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