Probe finds 24 benami deals,BJP MP,Pune builder under scanner

CBI probe into the Adarsh scam has reportedly found 24 cases of benami ownership

Written by Sukanya Shetty | Mumbai | Published: July 5, 2012 2:48:30 am

The CBI probe into the Adarsh Housing Society scam has reportedly found 24 cases of benami ownership. These include the BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP from Nagpur,Ajay Sancheti,Pune-based builder Jayant Shah and two promoters of Adarsh — R C Thakur and Kanhaiyalal Gidwani — CBI sources told The Indian Express.

The agency is continuing with its investigations under the Benami Transactions Act. CBI sources said the names of the suspected owners have been under the scanner and could be added to the chargesheet,if not already present,if evidence is found.

“At least 15 of these flats are,in fact,owned by politicians. We went through bank account details of some registered apartment owners and found they only acted as a front for actual buyers,” said a CBI source.

Sancheti,a Nagpur-based businessman,is the joint managing director of SMS Infrastructure Pvt Ltd. He is a BJP leader and is known to be close to party president Nitin Gadkari. CBI sources said Sancheti’s company driver Sudhakar Madke,who earned a monthly salary of Rs 8,600,is one of the owners of a flat in Adarsh.

“He has paid Rs 60 lakh for the plush property. We are also probing if Sancheti has any further involvement in the case,” said the officer.

When contacted on his cellphone,a person identifying himself as Sancheti’s personal secretary said,“He is out of the country and will return only on July 18.”

Jayant Shah,CBI sources alleged,also owns benami flats in the building. It is alleged that Adarsh society member Malav Shah showed that he bought a flat after borrowing Rs 10.95 lakh from his father Jayant. However,it has allegedly been found that Malav gave a loan of Rs 65.05 lakh to former chief minister Ashok Chavan’s mother-in-law Bhagwati Sharma and Rs 70.51 lakh to Madanlal Sharma. Shah could not be reached for comment.

Shah,according to the CBI,had also allegedly loaned Rs 30 lakh to former Congress MLC and Adarsh promoter Kanhaiyalal Gidwani and Rs 23 lakh and Rs 27 lakh to his relatives Kailash Gidwani and Amit Gidwani,respectively. Also,Jairaj Estates,a firm in which Jayant Shah is a partner,allegedly loaned Rs 25 lakh to Kanhaiyalal.

CBI sources also said that tracking the chain of financial transactions,they found the Gidwanis had apparently loaned Rs1.04 crore to two other members of Adarsh — Amol Karbhari and Kiran Bhadange.

The sources said the agency is also probing benami flats owned by R C Thakur. “As of now I am certainly not aware. The issue is about land. I cannot comment as I have not seen the chargesheet. Let the probe continue and I will speak at the right time,” Thakur said when reached for his comment.

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