Adarsh scam: CBI flip-flops; fails to nail Shinde

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Mumbai, May 5: With the Adarsh Housing scam getting murkier and with many high profile people involved in it, the investigative agencies still seem to be groping in the dark to get to the root of the scam. While it remains a fact that most of the key approvals for controversial Adarsh scam was given during the tenure of Sushilkumar Shinde, the then Chief Minister of Maharashtra during 2003-2004; the CBI has not been able to get any incriminating evidence to nail him in their report submitted in the Bombay High Court on Wednesday.

In a confidential progress report submitted by the CBI, who is probing into the unfair allotment apartments in the Adarsh Housing Society in South Mumbai have found violation of laws in various levels. The report also briefs the role played by union minister, Vilasrao Deshmukh, in his part as Chief Minister.

The report states, “Application for allotment of the land to clearing the first list of the members of the Adarsh Housing Society was cleared by the then chief minister Sushilkumar Shinde. Besides, he also approved the letter of intent between the state government and Adarsh to build the society, approved its first list of members as well as accepted and approved a suggestion by the then revenue minister Ashok Chavan that 40 per cent of the flats should be allotted to civilians."

The report also flip-flops by suggesting that, though Shinde gave the approvals, he cannot be named responsible for the scam. A senior investigating officer has been quoted as saying, “We have submitted only a status report. It"s not a clean chit to anyone. The investigation is far from finished." The officer ruled out the existence of any hard core evidence against both Shinde and Deshmukh.

Earlier, when submitting the second report, the CBI was rapped by the court and ordered it to trace everyone who might have been involved in the scam irrespective of their position.

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