Adarsh scam: Bombay HC reproaches CBI for silence on 'benami' flats in second report

Mumbai: Expressing dissatisfaction with the report submitted by CBI in connection with its probe into benami flats in the scam-tainted Adarsh building, the Bombay High Court said on Wednesday the document was silent on the points specifically raised by the court during the last hearing.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

A division bench of Justices A S Oka and A A Sayed was hearing a public interest litigation by activist Pravin Wategaonkar alleging that senior bureaucrats and politicians held 'benami' (proxy) flats in the Adarsh building, which was a quid-pro-quo for clearing files related to the society in violation of several norms.

The court had on 2 September this year refused to accept a report submitted by CBI and had said the agency has not applied its mind in respect to issues raised in the PIL.

It had then directed the agency to submit another report and also ordered CBI Western Region's Joint Director to remain present in court on Wednesday (September 28).

While the Joint Director was not present on Wednesday, the Deputy Inspector of General Police was present and he submitted a second report.

The bench after perusing the report said it was not satisfied.

"We are not satisfied with this report. It is silent on very specific queries raised by us and the petition on the last hearing," Justice Oka said.

"We had also asked the Joint Director to remain present today. We expect him to appear before us on the next date of hearing. We also want the Additional Solicitor General (ASG) to appear in the case next time," the court directed and posted the petition for further hearing on 5 October.

Wategaonkar has sought disclosure of names of two top officers of the Maharashtra government who had dealt with Adarsh files and allegedly obtained benami flats.

He claimed that when CBI arrested one of the promoters of Adarsh society, Kanhaiyalal Gidwani in 2011, it "claimed in the remand papers that they needed Gidwani's custody because he held benami flats for political leaders."


Updated Date: Sep 28, 2016 17:57 PM

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