Adarsh scam Three arrested more likely

By: | Updated: 20 Mar 2012 04:11 AM


Mumbai: The
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Tuesday arrested three people in
connection with the Adarsh Housing Society scam, over a week after being
rapped by the Bombay High Court, officials said.

"CBI has
arrested (retired defence estates officer) R.C. Thakur, retired brigadier
M.M. Wanchoo and (former deputy secretary of state urban development
department) P.V. Deshmukh (in connection with the Adarsh scam)," a CBI
official said.

"Another accused (Kanhaiyalal) Gidwani is already
in judicial custody in another matter, hence a call on him will be taken
as per rules," the official added.

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

At least three more arrests in
connection with the scam are likely soon, sources said.

The
Bombay High Court had March 12 rapped CBI for not initiating action
against government officials involved in the Adarsh society scam.

A
division bench of the Bombay High Court had 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.

The scam claimed the job of former chief
minister Ashok Chavan after allegations surfaced of collusion between
bureaucrats and politicians to corner flats in the building. The flats
were originally meant for widows and heroes of the 1999 Kargil conflict.

Another
former chief minister, Vilasraso Dekshmukh, has also been accused of
allotting flats meant for war veterans to their relatives. Deshmukh is
currently the science and technology minister at the centre.

The
CBI has filed an FIR against 15 people in the case. The charge sheet in
the case is, however, pending.





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