Adarsh scam 4 more sent to CBI custody

By: | Updated: 22 Mar 2012 08:45 AM


Mumbai: A
special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court Thursday sent three
accused in the Adarsh housing scam to the agency's custody till March 31
and one accused till March 26.

Special CBI judge M.V. Kulkarni
sent Maj. Gen. (retd) A.R. Kumar, Maj. Gen. (retd.) T.K. Kaul and Indian
Administrative Service (IAS) officer Pradeep Vyas, presently posted as
secretary (expenditure) in the state finance department, to CBI custody
till March 31. All three were arrested Wednesday.

Former Congress
legislative councillor Kanahiyalal Gidwani, who was also arrested
Wednesday, was remanded to CBI custody till March 26.

The CBI has
made seven arrests in the case in the last two days. The Maharashtra
government Thursday also informed the Bombay High Court that it has
suspended two serving IAS officers for their alleged involvement in the
scam.

The officers - Vyas and Jairaj Pathak - have been named in
the first information report (FIR) filed by the CBI Jan 29.

While
Vyas was the collector of Mumbai, Pathak was City Municipal Commissioner
when the scam took place.

Three officials -- retired defence
estates officer R.C. Thakur, Brig (retd.) M.M. Wanchoo and former deputy
secretary, urban development P.V. Deshmukh -- were arrested Tuesday by the
CBI in connection with the scam. All three have been remanded to CBI
custody till March 31.

The scam involves a prime plot in south
Mumbai's Colaba on which a 31-storey building was constructed by the
society.

CBI's action came after Bombay High Court division bench
of Justices P.B. Majmudar and R.D. Dhanuka had questioned the agency for
delaying the arrests in the case.

The court had, March 12, rapped
CBI for not initiating action against government officials involved in the
scam.

The division bench had, on Feb 28, also castigated the
Enforcement Directorate for "serious lapse" in failing to initiate
investigations against some Adarsh society members allegedly involved in
money-laundering.





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First Published: 22 Mar 2012 08:45 AM
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