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Adarsh scam: Bombay HC gives CBI a week to reply to plea seeking further probe

The court granted the CBI one week’s time to file its reply.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: August 19, 2016 2:48:55 am

The Bombay High Court Thursday directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to file a report in a sealed cover in response to an application seeking further investigation into various aspects of the Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society scam. The court granted the CBI one week’s time to file its reply.

In his application, Pravin Wategaonkar had sought that the High Court direct CBI to carry out further probe into the reduction of the proposed width of Captain Prakash Pethe Marg and the change in use of the plot from road to residential, and the approval of grant of the plot to a private entity — Adarsh Co-operative Housing Society.

He has also sought that probe into the housing scam should continue considering the “larger public interest.”

The application claimed that one of the accused, K L Gidwani, revealed during his custodial interrogation that two flats were reserved under proxy names to oblige some high-ups in the government, who dealt with the file during the relevant period and this was mentioned in CBI’s remand application too.

The application seeks documents that name two influential persons in the state government who dealt with the matter during the relevant period and for whom “flats were booked as a motive or reward by the accused.”

The Bombay High Court had directed the demolition of the 31-storey building in April this year. The Supreme Court, however, ordered against such action and directed the Defence Ministry to “secure” the south Mumbai housing society, observing that it is “implicit in the order that the building will not be demolished” till the clutch of appeals against it is decided.

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