Adarsh scam: CBI to file 1st chargesheet; Chavan faces heat

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Mumbai, Jul 3: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probing the Adarsh Housing society scam is all set to file its first chargesheet that will see the names of many high profile politicians being involved. An FIR in the case was filed more than 17 months ago and had named 14 accused that featured the names of former Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan, senior ex-Army officials and top bureaucrats.

The chargesheet was expected to be filed on Jun 15 but was postponed after the CBI sought more time in doing so. Many high profile arrests were also made following the filing of the FIR, with most of them being granted bail and released. Among those granted bail include suspended Maharashtra Finance Secretary Pradeep Vyas, PV Deshmukh, Retired Brigadier MM Wanchoo, former Defence Estates Officer RC Thakur, Retired Major General AR Kumar, Retired Major General TK Kaul, Jairaj Phatak, Ramanand Tiwari and former Congress MLC KL Gidwani.

Chavan had to let go off his CM's post after he was named in the Adarsh scam. The judicial panel has already interrogated three former CMs - Sushil Kumar Shinde, Vilasrao Deshmukh and Ashok Chavan in the issue.

The Adarsh society scam had become a dark blot after it emerged that the flats originally built for Kargil War heroes and their widows was usurped by bureaucrats and politicians misusing their political clout and influence.

Former CMs - Vilasrao Deshmukh and Sushil Kumar Shinde had accused each other during their deposing before the judicial panel a few days back.

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