A criminal application was filed in the special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court on Tuesday, alleging that former Maharashtra chief minister Shivajirao Patil-Nilangekar, during his tenure as revenue minister, illegally granted certain approvals to the Adarsh Society. In return, his son-in-law was allotted a flat in Adarsh Society, the application claimed.
In his application, social activist Pravin Wategaonkar alleged, “Patil, the then revenue minister, at the instance of late KL Gidwani (former MLA and promoter of Adarsh) initiated process for valuation of land to be allotted to Adarsh Society. He later approved the allotment of land to Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society, ignoring the suggestions of the finance department.”
The CBI had earlier given a clean chit to the former CM. In an affidavit filed last month in the Bombay High Court, the agency said it looked into the role of Patil-Nilangekar, but found no material or evidence to suggest criminal misconduct on his part.
“The role of Shivajirao Patil Nilangekar and others in relation to Adarsh has already been looked into. Material unearthed during the course of investigation did not warrant action against them (Nilangekar and others) and therefore they are not included as accused in the chargesheet,” the affidavit had said.
The affidavit was filed in reply to an application of Wategaonkar, seeking Patil-Nilangekar to be arraigned as accused in the case. Wategaonkar had filed the application in the course of his PIL on the Adarsh Society probe. He later withdrew his application, and has now approached the trial court.
Wategaonkar, in his application, has urged the CBI to register a criminal case against Patil-Nilangekar and others for criminal conspiracy under Section 120-B of IPC and criminal misconduct by a public servant under Section 13(2) and 13(1)(d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
The matter will come up for hearing before special CBI judge S G Dige on March 20.