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Name 4 powerful men you excluded in Adarsh probe: Bombay HC

mumbai Updated: Aug 19, 2016 01:10 IST
Kanchan Chaudhari
Kanchan Chaudhari
Hindustan Times
Adarsh society scam

The Adarsh scandal first came to notice in 2003 when it was reported that a highrise building was coming up in Colaba, close to military installations, riding roughshod over environmental concerns.(File photo)

The Bombay high court on Thursday sought to know from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) why they did not investigate four “high and mighty” people from Mantralaya, for whom four flats were kept aside in Adarsh co-operative housing society in Cuffe Parade in lieu for the leniency showed by them while dealing with files pertaining to the controversial society.

The court was hearing a plea filed by Thane-based activist Pravin Wategaonkar seeking directions for the CBI to explain why it did not investigate and fix the responsibility for deletion of the proposed road widening of Captain Prakash Pethe Marg and allotment of the reserved plot, without first getting it de-reserved. Wategaonkar told the bench the CBI has not looked into these aspects in their main and two supplementary charge sheets.

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A division bench of justice Abhay Oka and justice Amjad Sayed directed the investigating officer to file, by Thursday, a report explaining why he did not try to find out who the four people were and why he did not look into the de-reservation of the space.

In his plea, he stated Justice (Retired) JA Patil Commission, which conducted an inquiry into the Adarsh scam, has said dropping of proposed road widening and change in reservation of the plot “was not in accordance with the provisions of the Maharashtra Regional Town Planning (MRTP) Act and it was illegal and malafide”.

He complained the CBI did not hold anyone liable for it. “Shri. Shivajirao Nilangekar Patil as the [then] revenue minister had no authority to overrule the suggestion of the finance dept. The commission is therefore, of the opinion that undue haste was shown by Shri Shivajirao Nilangekar Patil in approving the grant of land in question to Adarsh CHS without authority,” Wategaonkar said, quoting the finding mentioned in the JA Patil Commission report.

In his plea, Wategaonkar claimed in lieu for favours shown by Nilangekar-Patil, two flats in the scam-hit society were allotted to his son-in-law Dr Arun Dawale and Dawale’s cousin Sampat Khidse, and the former revenue minister was the beneficiary of the benami transactions.

The court will hear the plea on next Thursday.