Shinde deposes before Adarsh panel

Last Updated: Mon, Jun 25, 2012 12:26 hrs

Union Power Minister and ex-Maharashtra Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Monday deposed before a two-member commission that is investigating the controversial Adarsh Housing Society scam.

Several files were in connection to the case and allotment of land for the housing society were cleared during the tenure of Shinde as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra between 2001 to 2003.

The commission on June 23 had issued notice to Shinde to appear before it on June 25 as a witness in the matter.

According to reports, ex-Chief Ministers Vilasrao Deshmukh and Ashok Chavan are all set to appear before the commission on June 27 and June 30.

The Bombay High Court on June 18 started hearing the Adarsh scam.

A special CBI court in Mumbai on June 7 granted bail to two top bureaucrats, who were arrested in the Adarsh Housing Society scam.

The court granted bail to senior Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Jairaj Phatak and retired Information Commissioner Ramanand Tiwari as the CBI did not file a chargesheet within the specific period of 60 days that came to an end on June 4.

They were arrested on April 3 in connection to the scam.

Both Pathak and Tiwari´s lawyers argued that the bureaucrats should be granted bail as the CBI failed to file the chargesheet within the specific period of 60 days.

A special CBI court had also granted bail to seven people in connection to the matter last month.

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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