Court directs CBI to probe Deshmukh, Shinde in Adarsh scam

April 27th, 2011 - 8:28 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, April 27 (IANS) The Bombay High Court Wednesday directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe allegations of involvement of union ministers and former Maharashtra chief ministers Vilasrao Deshmukh and Sushilkumar Shinde in the Adarsh housing society scam.

According to Y.P. Singh, lawyer for petitioner Simpreet Singh, the court has directed the CBI, which is investigating the matter, to submit its progress report next week.

The directions were given by a division bench comprising Justices Ranjana Desai and R.G. Ketkar in a bunch of petitions filed in the case.

The 31-storey Adarsh Housing Society apartment block in south Mumbai’s Colaba area was meant for Kargil heroes and war widows but given to bureaucrats, relatives of politicians and former army and navy chiefs. It was also built flouting environmental norms, say experts.

Among other things, Simpreet Singh has alleged that while the CBI has named a few persons in its first information report, including former chief minister Ashok Chavan, it has left out major players like Deshmukh and Shinde.

The judges directed the CBI to “make efforts” to examine the involvement of everybody concerned, irrespective of who the individual is or what position he holds.

Additional Solicitor General D. Khambata, representing the CBI, informed the court that the investigating agency had already taken possession of all documents and material pertaining to the involvement of both Deshmukh and Shinde, which were obtained by Simpreet Singh.

“The CBI is carrying out the probe on a war-footing and will submit a progress report to the court next week,” Khambata assured.

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