A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Mumbai on Tuesday granted bail to seven people, who are accused in the Adarsh Housing Society scam.
Brigadier (retd) MM Wanchoo, Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Pradeep Vyas, ex-deputy secretary in Urban Development Department PV Deshmukh, retired defence Estates officer RC Thakur, Major Gen (Retd) TK Kaul, Major General (Retd) AR Kumar and former MLC Kanhaiyyalal Gidwani were granted bail on Tuesday.
The court granted bail to seven out of the nine person arrested in connection to the case on a surety of Rs. 50,000 each.
The court ordered them to report to Mumbai´s CBI office on Tuesdays and Thursdays of every week.
The accused were charged under several sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act and Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Act and also with criminal conspiracy under Indian Penal Code (IPC).
They argued as the CBI did not file its chargesheet within the specific period of 60 days, they should be permitted to be released.
The probe agency however opposed the bail plea and argued that they want to put stringent sections of IPC including 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant) and section 467 (forgery) on the accused.
Pertinently, the time limit of filing the chargesheet in such case is 90 days.
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.