Society pleads oust CBI,MoD wants to intervenehttps://indianexpress.com/article/news-archive/web/society-pleads-oust-cbi-mod-wants-to-intervene/

Society pleads oust CBI,MoD wants to intervene

A day after the state government challenged the CBI’s right to probe the Adarsh scam,the housing society moved an application urging the Bombay High Court

A day after the state government challenged the CBI’s right to probe the Adarsh scam,the housing society moved an application urging the Bombay High Court to declare the probe null and void while the Defence Ministry sought to oppose the state’s stand by intervening in one of the cases around the society.

The society’s application also seeks the dismissal of a PIL filed by activist Pravin Wategaonkar,alleging ulterior motives stemming from political rivalry. The society has stated all issues regarding land,construction,approvals and regulations are within the purview of the state government and not the CBI. It said the CBI’s FIR has disclosed no offences,denied having committed any and justified the way memberships were granted,saying it used its discretion.

The MoD,meanwhile,informed the court that it wanted to intervene in a PIL seeking the invocation of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act,2002. Counsel Kevic Setalvad sought time to file an affidavit on the ministry’s behalf. Shekhar Naphade,counsel for society members,said if time was to be granted,the CBI should be restrained from filing the chargesheet on Wednesday. The court granted the MoD two weeks.

Lawyer Y P Singh,representing activist Simpreet Singh who had filed the first PIL,said this was a game on the society’s part,an allegation hotly denied by Naphade.

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