Saturday, January 29, 2011

CBI names Chavan in Adarsh FIR

The case was registered after the Bombay High Court pulled up the investigation agency for its tardy probe in the case

MUMBAI: The CBI on Saturday registered a case against politicians, some retired army officials and bureaucrats of Maharashtra government in connection with the Adarsh housing society scam.
   Former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan is among the 13 persons named in the CBI FIR. Chavan was forced to resign as chief minister in the wake of the scam.
   The case was registered after the CBI last week received flak from the Bombay High Court for its tardy probe in the case.
   The CBI FIR names two former senior army officials of the rank of Major General and Brigadier, sources said.
   The agency had ordered a preliminary enquiry into the scam in November last year.
   The decision to register a case was taken after seeking a legal opinion on the evidence which had favoured registering of a case against some people for allegedly forging documents and abusing official position. During hearing of a petition in the Adarsh case, a division bench of Justices B H Marlapalle and U D Salvi had asked CBI why it had not registered the case.
   “It has been more than two months since CBI has been conducting a preliminary inquiry into the case. Why have you (CBI) not registered FIR as yet?,” it had asked.
   The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests had on January 16 ordered demolition of the building within three months, holding it as “unauthorised” and built in violation of the spirit of coastal regulations. PTI

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