Adarsh housing scam: CBI gearing up to file case

Posted By: Samyuktha
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Mumbai, Nov 11: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is gearing up to file a case in connection with the Adarsh housing society scam. But the probe agency is yet to receive a formal request from the defence ministry seeking a probe into the scam.

Defence minister AK Antony had on Tuesday, Nov 9 announced a CBI probe into the housing society scam. However, according to a CBI spokesperson in Delhi the agency was yet to receive a formal request from the defence ministry.

The scam involving irregularities in the allotment of apartments in the south Mumbai housing society has dragged out names of several politicians as well as senior army officials.

While Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan was asked to resign over his alleged role, former army chiefs Deepak Kapoor and NC Vij too are facing charges.

Even though it is still awaiting the formal request, the CBI has begun in-housing probe into the scam since it surfaced in Oct 2010.

Official sources have revealed that CBI has already sought documents relating to the society from various departments of the government, Indian Navy and Army and the society.

"While we had received over 4,000 page documents from the city collector's office, the society members have sent us a letter requesting more time to submit the documents. We have also received documents from other departments," a senior CBI official is quoted as saying.

"Before registering a case, we need to gather information," the official added, informing that right now the agency is verifying all the information.

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