In an affidavit filed in the Bombay High Court Thursday, the CBI gave a clean chit to former Maharashtra Chief Minister Shivajirao Patil-Nilangekar in connection with the Adarsh Society scam. The CBI said it found no material or evidence to show any criminal misconduct on his part.
“The material unearthed during the investigation did not warrant any action against them (Patil-Nilangekar) except against the persons/individuals against whom chargesheet has been filed in the light of the Prevention of Corruption Act and any other law and therefore are not included as accused in the chargesheet,” said the affidavit filed by the CBI.
The affidavit comes in reply to the application filed by activist Pravin Wategaonkar, demanding the CBI to make Patil-Nilangekar an accused. He has alleged that Patil-Nilangekar granted certain approvals to the society illegally during his tenure as revenue minister in 2004.
Wategaonkar relied on an application of CBI in the lower court, seeking custody of former MLA and Adarsh promoter Kanhaiyalal Gidwani. “CBI in its remand application said Gidwani had opened an account in Kallappanna Awade Ichalkaranji Janata Sahakari Bank in Sangli under a proxy name, in which huge amounts of cash were deposited by him from time to time. Most of the amount deposited was then transferred to the accounts of his wife, sons and daughters-in-law and also to the account of M/s Jai Maharashtra, in which his sons are directors,” the application said.
“The said amounts were used for making payments towards the benami flats booked in Adarsh. Arun Dawle, son-in-law of Patil-Nilangekar, received at least Rs 17.60 lakh from the Jai Maharashtra account,” the activist alleged.
“Further investigations with regard to financial transactions involving Gidwani and Dawle while acquiring flats and the flow of funds to the account of the society are still on,” the CBI affidavit said.