‘Will hear plea seeking to make Shinde accused after CBI probe’

The Bombay High Court Thursday said it would hear an application seeking the inclusion of Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde as an accused in the Adarsh housing Society scam.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:October 18, 2013 2:51 am

The Bombay High Court Thursday said it would hear an application seeking the inclusion of Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde as an accused in the Adarsh housing Society scam once the CBI completes its probe into the alleged benami transactions made while purchasing flats in the plush highrise in Colaba.

Activist Pravin Wategaonkar had alleged that Shinde had a “personal interest” in making Major N W Khankhoje a member of the Society in Colaba.

Wategaonkar had pointed this out from the deposition of former MLC Kanhaiyalal Gidwani before a probe panel on September 25,2012,in which he had said Shinde had suggested Khankhoje’s name for membership of the Society and asked Gidwani to accommodate him.

“CBI should be asked to look into the relations between the Khankhoje family and Shinde,” Wategaonkar told the court,adding that the Enforcement Directorate should also be directed to follow the trail of monetary transactions in the case.

In its affidavit submitted to the court on Tuesday,CBI had said investigations into the alleged benami transactions of all 103 members of the Society are under way.

Justices P V Hardas and P N Deshmukh said as CBI’s investigations are pending they would also keep Wategaonkar’s application pending until the probe is completed.

Meanwhile,former journalist Ketan Tirodkar filed an application alleging that the CBI’s probe into the alleged benami transactions was being influenced.

“The CBI has been sitting on several discoveries made by them during the probe but has not initiated any action. The reason behind this is influence by someone.”

The court asked the CBI to file a reply to Tirodkar’s application and adjourned the case till November 26.

BJP to move HC against CM on Adarsh report

Mumbai: The BJP will move the Bombay High Court urging it to direct the chief minister and the chief secretary to place the Adarsh Commission report in state Assembly,the party’s state unit chief Devendra Fadnavis said Thursday. Chavan,who had promised to make public the report in the monsoon session,later back-tracked at the eleventh hour.

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