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BJP demands FIR against guilty before probing Adarsh scam further

Welcoming the Bombay High Court's order in the Adarsh Society scam, Mumbai BJP chief Ashish Shelar Saturday demanded that Maharashtra government should lodge an FIR in the case.

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The scam-tainted Adarsh Housing Society in Cuffe Parade in Mumbai. (Express Photo: Abhijit Alka Anil)

Welcoming the Bombay High Court’s order in the Adarsh Society scam, Mumbai BJP chief Ashish Shelar Saturday demanded that Maharashtra government should lodge an FIR in the case.

Some people had benefited in the scam and hence we want registration of an FIR first and not just re-inquiry, he said.

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The Bombay High Court had Friday ordered demolition of the 31-storey scam-tainted Adarsh apartments in the heart of Mumbai and sought criminal proceedings against politicians and bureaucrats for “misuse” of powers, holding that the tower was illegally constructed.

“The ramifications of the case which involves cheating are wide. The role of politicians who helped their relatives obtain flats in the controversial Adarsh society needs to be probed,” Shelar told reporters here.

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During the previous Congress-NCP regime, the then Governor denied permission to the CBI to prosecute the Chief
Minister (Ashok Chavan) in the case, he said.

After the BJP-led state government took over in 2014, the present Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao granted CBI the permission to prosecute the guilty, Shelar said.

The role of the officials of Mumbai civic body (MCGM) and those in the state government should also to be investigated, he said.

“An inquiry will reveal everything but we demand that the government first file an FIR,” Shelar added.

The posh 31-storey Adarsh Housing Society is constructed on a prime plot of land in Colaba here. It was meant for Kargil war widows and defence personnels.

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However, politicians, bureaucrats and military officers allegedly conspired to bend rules and obtained flats for themselves or for relatives at below-the-market rates.

The scam that came to light in November 2010 had forced the then Chief Minister Ashok Chavan to resign.