Adarsh scam: CBI may finalise case this week

Written by: Abdul Nisar
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New Delhi, Dec.12 (ANI): The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is likely to finalise its case to enable it to probe and prosecute those responsible for the Adarsh Housing Society scam this week.

CBI sources speaking on condition opf anonymity said a meeting could be held some time this week to finalise the names of people who could be booked for professional misconduct and abuse of official positions under the Indian Penal Code.

It could include the names of bureaucrats, politicians and some army officials, they added.

On saturday, the Indian Army's Southern Command, which is headquartered in Pune, had ordered a probe to find out which army officers had issued a no-objection certificate to the Adarsh Society to construct a 31-storeyed complex on a plot in upmarket Colaba in Mumbai.

The CBI probe is said to be independent of the army investigation, and has the sanction of the Ministry of Defence.

The 31-storey Adarsh Society, originally meant for Kargil war heroes, landed in controversy after media reports said several politicians, bureaucrats and defence personnel owned flats there.

The CBI had on November 15 registered a Preliminary Enquiry (PE) to probe the alleged role of former and serving Army officers, with the permission of Defence Minister A K Antony.

The plush housing Society, built on prime defence land, has been constructed in alleged violation of rules. It was originally meant to be a six-storey structure to house Kargil war heroes and their kin, but was later extended to 31 floors without mandatory permission.

The exposure of the scam forced the Congress party to seek the resignation of then Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan. (ANI)

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