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CBI may file charge sheet against Devyani Khobragade in Adarsh scam

As part of its investigation, CBI is probing alleged illegal beneficiaries and benami property holders in the housing scam.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: April 6, 2014 10:02 am
(PTI) Controversial diplomat Devyani was arrested by the United States authorities in December last year over alleged visa fraud. (PTI)

CBI is likely to file charge sheet against diplomat Devyani Khobragade and her father Uttam Khobragade in the Adarsh Housing scam for allegedly acquiring a flat on the basis of false affidavit.

Sources said the agency has got evidence which show that the flat was allegedly purchased by her using false declaration and by hiding information about the flat alloted to her under government quota and the land possessed by them.

Her father Uttam Khobragade, a Maharashtra cadre IAS officer, is a former CEO of Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA).

As part of its investigation, CBI is probing alleged illegal beneficiaries and benami property holders in the housing scam.

Controversial diplomat Devyani, India’s then deputy consul general in New York, was arrested by the United States authorities in December last year over alleged visa fraud which triggered a diplomatic row between the two countries.

She was transferred back and is now posted in India.

Under the CBI scanner are nearly 25 alleged illegal beneficiaries who were allotted flats in the Adarsh Housing Society which was said to be constructed in violation of norms.

Retired High Court Judge J A Patil’s report on the alleged scam has opened a can of worms bringing out alleged irregularities in the allotment.

The agency sources said they have got documents showing that Devyani had allegedly been allotted a flat in another government housing society in Oshiwara in 2005.

The sources said according to the rules of Defence Estate, members cannot get flats in two housing societies which get land on concessional rates.

Patil report had termed 25 out of 102 members of the housing society as ineligible.

Meanwhile, Uttam Khobragade refuted CBI’s charge saying Devyani was not responsible for making the declaration and it was done by him.

“I had made the declaration and not Devyani. She was not even aware of what I said in the declaration. So how can Devyani be responsible for any wrongdoing?” he said.

“The declaration where I have said that Devyani is not an owner of any flat in Mumbai is dated July 29, 2004 and at that time Devyani did not own any flat in Mumbai. So, there was no falsehood in the declaration,” Khobragade said, adding the possession of a flat in Meera Co-operative Housing Society
was given to them only in May 2005.

He said when Devyani had applied for a flat in Adarsh,the Society was told categorically that she was just a member of Meera Housing Society and not a flat-owner and that she would resign from the Society when allotted a flat in Adarsh.

Khobragade said the flat in Meera Society was sold as soon as Adarsh accepted Devyani’s membership and the proceeds were used to pay for the apartment in Adarsh.

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  1. A
    Apr 6, 2014 at 6:42 am
    It is high time we bring her to justice and sack her from IFS.
    1. D
      Dinesh Dinesh
      Apr 6, 2014 at 6:11 am
      Leave aside all the foolish statements this so called Devyani's mother's husband is giving, CBI should arrest him ASAP and extract details including what was the reason he decided to sell flat in Meera Co-op society and switch over to Adarsh in just one year period? Was it profit making or he did not like the flat or in was found to be inauious?
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        Babu Kochi
        Apr 6, 2014 at 3:37 pm
        If any Armed forces personal did the same thing as this diplomat did, they would have been court martial-ed from the services at a faster pace.. Why can't the government fire these so called elite bureaucrats from the government services for wrong doing and for not being honest . These people do not have any kind of morality. In our democracy, we have different rules for the affluent people. It is a big shame and we do not practice real democracy in this country. We all practice authoritarian rule.
        1. R
          Apr 6, 2014 at 5:51 am
          Now its the turn of Uttam Khobragade's "cavity search" in India for brazenly and shamelessly cheating the government, taxpayers and above all, the Kargil Martyrs. He is responsible for his daughter's plight due to his wrong teachings.Mr Khobragade also destroy the image of Dalits and the Backward Caste people who seek protection and preferences--and become "a Khobragade Family".
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            v. suryodaya
            Apr 6, 2014 at 8:35 am
            CBI appears to prempt US authorities. In the case of Satyam founder US kept quite when he was formally arrested by India authorities. Similarly, Ms. Khobragrade will be arrested and and prevent US authorities from proceeding against her. Both will be protected from stringent US laws.
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