Adarsh: CBI gives clean chit to Jayant Patil

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI),in an affidavit submitted to the Bombay High Court Tuesday.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: March 14, 2014 11:37:54 am

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI),in an affidavit submitted to the Bombay High Court Tuesday,said it had found no material to name Rural Development Minister Jayant Patil as an accused in the Adarsh Housing Society scam.

“On conclusion of investigation,the evidence against Sushil Kumar Shinde and Jayant Patil is not found to be sufficient,hence they have not been arraigned as an accused,” K Babu,CBI’s investigating officer,stated in his affidavit.

Patil,whose nephew Aditya owns a flat in the society,was the state’s finance minister from October 1999 to December 2008 during which period the state government had allotted land to Adarsh society.

Earlier,in another affidavit on September 19,the CBI had stated,“There is nothing on record to show that Sushilkumar Shinde insisted on 51 more members by rechecking/substituting ineligible members before possession of the land was given to Adarsh Society and which resulted in addition of illegal benami members.”

Activist Pravin Wategaonkar had alleged that Shinde had a “personal interest” in making Major N W Khankhoje a member of the society in Colaba. Wategaonkar had cited the deposition of former MLC Kanhaiyalal Gidwani in which he had stated that Shinde had suggested the name of Khankhoje for membership of the society and asked Gidwani to accommodate him.

“With respect to the alleged benami transactions of Khankhoje,it is submitted that the investigation is in progress and the transactions of all 103 members are being investigated,” Babu stated in his affidavit. The court is likely to hear the case further on October 17.

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