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CBI completes Adarsh probe, files final chargesheet

Express News Service | Mumbai | Posted: July 2, 2014 12:16 am

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Concluding its investigations in the Adarsh Housing Society scam, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed its second supplementary chargesheet in the case, naming two society members, including a deceased army officer, and four financers. The CBI has informed the court this would be the final chargesheet in the case.

The second supplementary chargesheet was filed before the special CBI court on June 19 against the two society members – former MLA Mukundrao Mankar and retired Navy officer (late) Chunilal – and four financers including Sanjay Kondwar and Gopal Kondwar, directors of the Nagpur-based company Landscapers Realtors Pvt Ltd (LRPL) and an NRI businessman Sharad Madan.

Meanwhile, the agency is preparing a Self Content Note (SCN) of the 27 flat owners, who were found ineligible to buy a flat in the society. The SCN will be handed over to state chief secretary.

“The list of 27 members include flats of diplomat Devyani Khobragade and former union minister Suresh Prabhu,” said a CBI official. “The state can decide on whether or not to cancel their membership,” a CBI official said.

The second supplementary chargesheet stated that in the payment made towards Mankar’s flat in the contentious highrise in Colaba, “except the payment of Rs 5.45 lakh, initially paid my Mankar, the balance amount of Rs 71.04 lakh was paid by LRPL to Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society directly”. “The said amount lent by LRPL remains unpaid to date,” the CBI’s supplementary chargesheet stated, inferring that Mankar was a “benamidar” of LRPL.

The deceased Naval officer, Chunilal, was a resident of Delhi. The chargesheet stated he had borrowed borrowed Rs 17 lakh from his friend, procured a loan of 16.65 lakh from ICICI Bank and an amount of Rs 21.78 lakh from Madan, also named in the chargesheet. The chargesheet further said that “later an amount of Rs 60 lakh was also paid by Madan against an agreement to the effect that Chunilal would hand over the duly furnished flat to him”.

Chunilal had, according to the chargesheet, made payments towards the  Adarsh society for a flat out of the funds provided by Madan and that he had not made any repayments to Madan till date.

Other than Chunilal, the five accused named in the second chargesheet face charges of criminal conspiracy under section 120 of the IPC and section 3 of the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Act, 1988 that prohibits a person from entering into a benami transaction.

The CBI had, in March, filed its first supplementary chargesheet against BJP Rajya Sabha MP Ajay Sancheti and his family members for owning eight benami flats in the controversial society. In the first supplementary chargesheet filed before the special CBI court, 44 new names, including that of Sancheti, had been mentioned, taking the number of accused in the case to 58.

mumbai.newsline@expressindia.com

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