Adarsh scam: Another former Congress CM under CBI scanner?

Ex-CM being probed is at present Union minister; CBI will complete investigations in 2 months.

Written by Agencies | Mumbai | Published: March 13, 2012 5:56 pm

After Ashok Chavan,another former Maharashtra chief minister has come under the CBI scanner in the multi-crore Adarsh housing scam with the probe agency saying names of two more people will be added to the list of 14 accused in the chargesheet.

CBI,which registered an FIR in the scam in January last year against 14 people including Chavan,informed the Bombay High Court that two more names would figure in the chargesheet. The agency is expected to complete its probe into the scam and file its chargesheet within two months.

According to sources privy to the investigation,one of the two is another former chief minister of Maharashtra,who is currently a Union minister.

“The FIR names 14 accused. Investigations have revealed complicity of two more persons. Their names would be included in the chargesheet,” CBI counsels K Sudhakar and Ejaz Khan told the high court yesterday.

Refusing to divulge names,sources in the CBI said the politician concerned had dealt with files pertaining to the 31-storey building in south Mumbai during his tenure as chief minister.

“We are still gathering evidence against all accused including the two. Investigations indicate several rules were flouted and favour was shown to the Society while granting permission,” the sources said.

The CBI has recorded statements of Vilasrao Deshmukh and Sushil Kumar Shinde,both former chief ministers and at present Union ministers,but only as “witness”.

According to sources,the politician under scanner passed a proposal made by the Society to change the use of an adjoining piece of land,belonging to BEST,to residential type.

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