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No proof against ex-CM in Adarsh case: CBI

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published on:May 6, 2014 12:35 am

In its reply filed before a special court, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Monday claimed it had not found any incriminating evidence against former Maharashtra chief minister Shivajirao Nilangekar-Patil to investigate his alleged role in the Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society scam.
Social activist Pravin Wategaonkar had filed an application before the special CBI court urging it to direct the central probe agency to register an FIR against Patil. While the agency gave a clean chit to the former CM, it has named his son-in-law Arun Dawle and Dawle’s cousin Sampat Khidse as accused for holding benami property in the controversial housing society.

“The material unearthed during the course of investigation did not warrant any action against them except against the persons/individuals against whom chargesheet has been filed under the Prevention of Corruption Act,” the CBI reply stated.
According to CBI’s reply, no evidence could be collected against Nilangekar-Patil, who was was the revenue minister in 2003-2004 when Adarsh Housing Society was allotted land in south Mumbai’s Colaba.

Wategaonkar, in his complaint, had alleged that Nilangekar-Patil had played an active role in flouting rules and approved the valuation of the land in question at Rs 10.19 crore.

The CBI has already named Nilangekar-Patil’s son-in-law Dawle and Dawle’s cousin Khidse for allegedly receiving Rs 17.60 lakh and Rs 58 lakh respectively to purchase two flats through an entity, M/s Jai Maharashtra, identified as a conduit to pay for the flats belonging to benamis/relatives of public servants involved in granting clearances to Adarsh housing society.

The CBI today also sought dismissal of Wategaonkar’s application.
The next hearing in the matter is scheduled for June 10.

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