Former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan is one of the 13 people named by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the Adarsh Housing Society Scam, defence minister A K Antony told the Parliament on Monday.
In a written reply in the Lok Sabha, he gave the details of the persons against whom regular cases have been registered following a preliminary inquiry by the CBI.
"CBI had registered a preliminary inquiry on November 15, 2010, which has been completed and a regular case was registered on January 29 this year against 13 persons under various sections of Indian Penal Code and Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988," he said.
"The names of the accused persons are Ashok Rao Chavan, the then revenue minister and the then chief minister of Maharashtra. R C Thakur, the then sub divisional officer, defence estate office in Mumbai, Brigadier (retd) Madan Mohan Wanchu and Kanhaiyalal Gidwani ex-MLC", he added.
The names of other people against whom the cases have been registered are Major Gen (retd) A R Kumar, former General Officer Commanding (GOC) in-charge Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa Area (MG&G), and Brig (retd) Romesh Chandra Sharma who was deputy GOC.
CBI has also booked former GOC of Mumbai Maj Gen Tej Krishan Kaul, Brig (retd) Tara Kant Sinha, the then colonel of MG&G Area, Brig P K Rampal, former commandant of Mumbai Sub area, deputy secretary in the urban development department, Maharashtra, P V Deshmukh.
The list also includes Ramanand Tiwari, former principal secretary in urban development department, Subhash Lala, the then principal secretary to the chief minister and Pradeep Vyas, the then collector of Mumbai.
"Investigation in in process. The details of violation of rules and regulations can be ascertained only after completion of investigation," said Antony.
He said some note sheets of files relating to Adarsh Housing Society have been found missing and an "FIR has been filed with the Mumbai police against unnamed persons."