Adarsh: CBI, I-T hunt for benami flats

Last Updated: Sat, Mar 24, 2012 15:02 hrs

Mumbai, Mar 24 (IBNS) The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Income Tax (I-T) department have started investigating into 30 benami flats in the Adarsh Housing Society scam.

According to CBI sources, the sleuths are scanning bank account details of five politicians and more than 12 bureaucrats for benami Adarsh flats.

The investigating agency said they believe at least 15 out of 30 flats in Adarsh society are owned under pseudo names by politicians, including three former Maharashtra chief ministers.

The Maharashtra government on Thursday suspended two serving Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers -Jairaj Pathak and Pradeep Vyas- for their alleged connection to the Adarsh Housing Society scam.

The Maharashtra government on Thursday submitted a status report to the Bombay High Court and said that the two IAS officers will be under suspension till the investigation process is completed.

According to reports, the government also informed the court that a high level meeting of the Enforcement Directorate (ED), Income Tax authorities and the CBI
was held in connection to the scam.

Earlier, the CBI arrested two persons, including a retired brigadier, who were allegedly linked to the scam.

Sucked into the controversy over allotment of flats in the Adarsh Society meant for Kargil War heroes´ families to a clutch of bureaucrats and politicians in Mumbai, several politicians, including former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan, have lost their jobs or are facing probe.

The 30-storey apartment, housing many top level defence officials, was built on a disputed army land at Colaba and it is alleged that the flats meant for the families of the Kargil martyrs were allotted to top defence officials and kins of politicians.

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