The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has booked former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan and 13 others for money laundering in the Adarsh housing scam.
The CBI, which is probing the case, has named all 14 as accused in its FIR. “An ECIR (Enforcement Case Information Report) has been registered under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act on March 5 against 14 persons,” senior ED counsel RV Desai told the Bombay high court on Monday.
According to the ECIR, the accused got clearances to construct Adarsh illegally and obtained flats at a very low price compared to the market value. They projected tainted property as untainted.
Desai, however, expressed helplessness in taking steps such as arresting the accused and attaching properties. He said the ED would be in a position to take action only after receiving the CBI chargesheet.
CBI counsel Ejaz Khan said the investigation was in its final stage and a chargesheet would be filed on or before June 15.
Army chief General VK Singh, who was in Mumbai on Monday, said the plot on which the Adarsh society was built, was army’s. The statement contradicts the interim report submitted by a state-appointed panel, which said the plot was owned by the state government and was not meant for the families of Kargil war martyrs.