Ten days after the Bombay high court asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) why it had not registered a First Information Report (FIR) in connection with the Adarsh housing society scam, the agency booked 13 persons in the matter on Saturday.
Former chief minister Ashok Chavan’s name has been mentioned in the FIR, though he is not among the 13 accused, CBI sources said.Though the CBI did not reveal the names of the accused, sources in the agency said that among them were two promoters of the society, RC Thakur and former Congress legislator Kanhaiyalal Gidwani, serving IAS officer Pradeep Vyas and former major general MM Wanchoo.
Vyas was Mumbai collector between 2002 and 2005 and cleared a list of 71 members eligible for flats in the Colaba society. Wanchoo was a member of the defence estate office.
A CBI statement simply said that the FIR had been registered against persons belonging to the Indian Army, the defence estate office, the Maharashtra government, public servants and unknown persons.
According to the statement, the case has been filed under Sections 420 (cheating), 468, 471 (both related to forgery), and 120(b) (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code. Section 13(2) read with 13(1)(d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act has also been slapped on the accused.
Chavan has been mentioned because a complaint filed by a defence ministry official had named him as the one who cleared files and gave permissions, CBI sources said.
CBI officials delivered a copy of the FIR in a sealed envelope to the special CBI court in the afternoon. A copy would also be submitted to the high court on Tuesday. The court is hearing petitions requesting that the entire case be transferred to the CBI.
The FIR comes almost two-and-a-half months after the CBI began a preliminary probe into the matter on November 15.
The state’s urban development department had filed a police complaint on the agency’s insistence on November 26 last year after four pages from a file related to the Adarsh case went missing.