Adarsh scam: CBI files chargesheet; Chavan named

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New Delhi, Jul 4: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed its first chargesheet in the Adarsh Housing scam. The chargesheet has named all the 14 accused in the case. Initial reports suggest that former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan has been named in the chargesheet. Chavan who was the CM from Dec 8, 2008 to Nov 9, 2010 allegedly gave away 3 flats to his family and relatives, as per the FIR filed by the CBI.

Many high profile Ministers, bureaucrats and defence personnel were involved in this scam that saw the Adarsh society flats meant for Kargil war heroes and their widows being usurped by Ministers and other defence officials. Former CMs Vilasrao Deshmukh and Sushil Kumar Shinde were summoned by the judicial commission as part of the probe.

The chargesheet was filed 17 months after the CBI counsel at the Bombay High Court filed an FIR. The court on its part has asked the Ministry of Defence to respond within two weeks to Maharashtra government's stand that the CBI cannot probe Adarsh scam.

The Defence Ministry had earlier objected to the Maharashtra government stand that the Adarsh land belonged to them.

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