Almost two years after allegations of irregularities surfaced in the sale and vacation of a prime piece of land in Mumbais Kandivili area that had been occupied by the Army,the CBI has closed the matter after a preliminary investigation that did not find any reason to proceed with a regular case.
The closure of the case has come as a relief for former Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh as well as former Army Chief Gen Deepak Kapoor who had been named in a scathing audit report on the matter.
The case,pertaining to the sale of a plot in the suburban area by the state government to a private builder in June 2007,was being investigated by the CBI after the Army HQ,under former Army Chief Gen V K Singh,raised allegations of irregularities. The Army had sought a CBI probe claiming that the sale of land to a private builder by the state government was illegal as the land had been in possession of the Defence Ministry.
Defence Minister A K Antony Monday informed Parliament that the CBI has closed the case after a preliminary inquiry.