Nandkumar Narayan Narvekar,a former assistant town planner in the Urban Development Department,has a curious connection with the probe into the Adarsh case.
Arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) last year for his alleged role in the disappearance of documents pertaining to the controversial 31-storey building in South Mumbai,he is also a witness now who will testify during the trial in the main case.
Narvekar is among the 150 people who will serve as witnesses in the case.
While the case against Narvekar is one of alleged theft,his testimony is essential to establish roles played by the accused in the Adarsh scam,particularly former principal secretary of the Urban Development Department Ramanand Tiwari under whom Narvekar had worked. Tiwari,named as a prime accused in the Adarsh scam,was arrested earlier this year and had spent over two months behind bars.
According to the CBI,Narvekar was booked in the missing document case on the grounds that he had kept quiet despite allegedly being aware that certain vital pages were missing from a file in the department. Narvekar,along with Urban Development Department desk officer Gurudatt Wajpe and clerk Waman Rawool,were booked in the missing papers case.
Sources in the CBI have said that the case could be closed. However,Narvekars lawyer said the move by the CBI will not have any bearing on the case against him. Narvekar is booked in a theft case,while the Adarsh scam is under the Prevention of Corruption Act, said advocate Satyavrat Joshi.
Pages pertaining to deletion of the width of Captain Prakash Pethe Marg in Colaba and the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearance given to the land on which the Adarsh building stands had gone missing. The CBI had claimed that the disappearance of the papers was engineered with the help of the three accused.
The CBI in its chargesheet filed on July 24 against 13 accused in the Adarsh scam had also mentioned other interesting witnesses including Vinayak Parab,a retired officer,who has served as a personal assistant to all three chief ministers who have been under the agencys radar Ashok Chavan,Vilasrao Deshmukh and Sushil Kumar Shinde.
Other witnesses include Major General S S Jog,Brig Ajay Saxena,Col L C Midha,Sudhakar Nangnure who was the officer on special duty during Tiwaris tenure as principal secretary S R Kini,who was the deputy secretary during Tiwaris tenure,and Ashok Shintre,who was chief engineer of the BMCs Development Plan Department.