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HC raps CBI for omitting missing files in its report

A Day after the Central Bureau of Investigation submitted its investigation report in the Adarsh Society scam

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai |
May 6, 2011 1:10:53 am

A Day after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) submitted its investigation report in the Adarsh Society scam,the Bombay High Court said it was “distressing” that the central agency had not mentioned anything about the documents pertaining to the road deletion and Coastal Regulation Zone clearance that went missing last year.

“You (CBI) should have mentioned something about the missing files in the report. That is the worst part of this case,” Justice Ranjana Desai said.

Counsel for the CBI D N Salvi told the court that the investigation into the missing files was in progress and the CBI will apprise the court about it in its next probe report. “What do you mean by that?” Justice Desai asked,adding,“This is distressing. The investigating agency needs to focus on the missing files. It is surprising that nothing in the report reflects anything about the missing files. We are unhappy.”

Justice Desai and Justice R G Ketkar asked the CBI to file its further investigation report by June 22.

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A complaint regarding the missing files was registered with the Marine Drive police station on November 26,2010,and the probe was taken over by the Mumbai Police Crime Branch later. However,on February 17,the High Court transferred the case of the missing files to the CBI.

Lawyer Y P Singh said there was evidence to show that Union minister Sushilkumar Shinde had granted membership to 51 people in the Adarsh Society just one day before the election code of conduct came into effect. This,Singh said,was enough to make Shinde a suspect and interrogate him like Union minister A Raja was questioned in the 2G spectrum scam prior to his arrest.

However,having gone over the CBI’s report,the judges said they have taken note of the allegation against Shinde. Justice Desai told the CBI,“It’s your discretion,your better sense. We expect you will do your job properly.”

Meanwhile,the court also dismissed a petition filed by Brigadier Adarsh Chopra seeking restoration of water and electricity in the controversial highrise.

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