The CBI is likely to file a charge sheet against Indian Foreign Service officer Devyani Khobragade’s father, Uttam Khobragade, in the Adarsh Housing scam for allegedly acquiring a flat in the name of his daughter on the basis of a false affidavit. The agency is yet to take a final call on Devyani’s role in the case.
Uttam Khobragade is a former Maharashtra cadre IAS officer who served as the CEO of Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) as well.
CBI sources said investigators have got evidence to show that the flat in the society was allegedly purchased in the name of Devyani using a false declaration. To purchase the flat, the information about another flat allotted to her under government quota and the land possessed by her was not revealed.
“I had made the declaration and not Devyani. She was not even aware of what I said in the declaration. So how can Devyani be responsible for any wrongdoing?” Uttam told PTI. He added that they sold their other flat and used the proceeds for buying the Adarsh flat and they didn’t make any false declaration.
“The CBI is likely to charge sheet against Uttam but as far as Devyani is concerned, the agency is yet to final call on her role in the case. We have to see to what extent Devyani had knowledge about the flat and whether the money trail leads up to her,” said a senior CBI official requesting anonymity.
While serving India’s deputy consul general in New York, Devyani was arrested by the United States authorities in December last year over alleged visa fraud.