Adarsh scam: Bail rejected for six

Last Updated: Sun, Apr 22, 2012 07:28 hrs
State Owns Adarsh Society Land: Judicial Panel

Mumbai: A special CBI court has rejected bail pleas of six out of nine accused, who were arrested in the Adarsh Housing Society scam.

The court rejected bail applications of former MLA Kanahaiyyalal Gidwani, former deputy secretary of Urban Development department P V Deshmukh, Major General (retd) T K Kaul, former Mumbai collector Pradeep Vyas, former Municipal commissioner Jairaj Pathak, and former Urban Development secretary Ramanand Tiwari.

The six accused had sought bail saying they cooperated in the probe and that no case was filed against them.

The court will hear bail pleas of Major General (retd) A R Kumar, Brigadier (retd) Wanchoo and chief promoter of the society R C Thakur in the coming week.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Saturday met Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi to explain the status of investigation into the Adarsh.

Chavan reportedly explained to Gandhi the reasons behind the slow decision-making process in connection to the scam.

The Maharashtra government constituted two-member judicial commission investigating the Adarsh scam said the land on which the controversial building was constructed belong to the state and not to the Army.

The commission also stated that the building was not reserved for war heroes and families of Kargil martyrs.

The report is said to have highlighted the committee's findings on the ownership of the plot in Colaba that was allotted to Adarsh and whether the land was for housing the Kargil war widows and war heroes or not.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) made several arrests in connection to the scam in recent times.

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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