Days after it was pulled up by the Bombay High Court for the manner in which it had handled the preliminary enquiry into the Adarsh Housing Society scandal,the CBI today registered a complaint against former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and 12 others belonging to Army,DEO (Defence Estate Office),Government of Maharashtra,public servants and unknown persons.
A copy of the FIR was dispatched to Special CBI Judge M R Aglawe through speed post.
In a press release,the CBI said the agency registered a case related to Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society under various sections of IPC including criminal conspiracy,cheating,forgery and showing forged document as genuine besides sections pertaining to Prevention of Corruption Act.
Chavan was forced to quit last November after his name was linked to the Adarsh scandal. Three of his relatives were allotted apartments in Adarsh but he denied any wrongdoing. He said he was forced to quit as CM due to a perception created by the media.
The FIR names Society general secretary R C Thakur,retired Brigadier M M Wanchoo and Congress leader Kanhaiyalal Gidwani. Sources said others named in the FIR are Maj Gen (rtd) A R Kumar,Brig (rtd) Ramesh Chandra Sharma,the then GoC (MG&G),Brig (rtd) Pitambar Kishore Rampal,the then Deputy GoC (MG&G),Pradeep Vyas,Collector of Mumbai between 2002-2005,Subhash Lalla,the then Principal Secretary to CM,Ramanand Tiwari,the then Principal Secretary Urban Development,P V Deshmukh,the then Deputy Secretary Urban Development Department,Maj Gen (rtd) Tej Krishan Kaul,the then GOC (MG&G),Brig (rtd) Tara Kant Sinha.
Earlier this month,the Ministry of Environment and Forests ordered the demolition of the Adarsh building within three months,saying the scandal-hit project in Colaba was unauthorised and violated the spirit of the Coastal Regulations Zone (CRZ) Notification,1991.