Benami flats: Bombay HC expresses dissatisfaction at CBI report on Adarsh housing society

Earlier this month, the court had rapped the CBI and directed the agency to file an additional report after expressing dissatisfaction with respects to issues raised in the PIL.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:September 29, 2016 2:04 am
Benami flats in Mumbai, Bombay HC, Adarsh housing society, Adarsh housing society in Mumbai, Adarsh housing society Bombay High Court, latest news, India news, “We are not satisfied with this report. It is silent on very specific queries raised by us and the petition on the last hearing,” the court had observed.

The BOMBAY High Court on Wednesday expressed dissatisfaction at a report submitted by the CBI pertaining to the benami flats in the Adarsh cooperative housing society.

A division bench of Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Amjad Sayed was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by activist Pravin Wategaonkar, in which he has alleged that benami or proxy flats were to be given to senior politicians and bureaucrats in exchange of clearing files relating to the society despite violations.

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“We are not satisfied with this report. It is silent on very specific queries raised by us and the petition on the last hearing,” the court said. The report was submitted in a sealed envelope to the bench and after perusing it, the court made its observations.

Earlier this month, the court had rapped the CBI and directed the agency to file an additional report after expressing dissatisfaction with respects to issues raised in the PIL.

The court had also directed the Joint Director, west zone, CBI to be present before the court for Wednesday’s hearing.

While the DIG of CBI was present in court, the bench specifically directed that the Joint Director be present for the next hearing on October 5. The court has also said that it would want the Additional Solicitor General to be present for the hearing too.

In the PIL, Wategaonkar has said that at the initial stage of investigation in 2011, the CBI, while seeking custody of accused Kanhaiyalal Gidwani, had said he had named two persons who had been given four benami flats in the building.

The PIL states that the CBI has not named these two names of political leaders in their chargesheet nor have they been disclosed anywhere else as part of their investigation. Wategaonkar has sought for the court to either direct the CBI to disclose any document or police report where these names are mentioned or direct the CBI to carry out an additional investigation into them.

 

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