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CBI to examine Barve’s claim

A statement given by Indian Police Service officer Sanjay Barve to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday could pose further trouble for him.

mumbai Updated: May 26, 2011 01:28 IST
HT Correspondent

A statement given by Indian Police Service officer Sanjay Barve to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday could pose further trouble for him.

The CBI had questioned Barve, who is director of the Maharashtra Police Academy in Nashik, and his wife Sharmila at the agency’s Colaba office on Tuesday for nine hours.

The interrogation was in connection with the flat allotted to Barve’s father SV Barve in Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society at Colaba.

Barve’s father was allotted a two-bedroom hall kitchen flat in Adarsh, costing around Rs 70 lakh. He was given around Rs 45 lakh from a bank account, jointly operated by Barve and his wife Sharmila.

The CBI is investigating Barve’s claim that Rs30 lakh of the total amount he had given to his father SV Barve for the flat in Adarsh housing society in Colaba was actually deposit for a Kandivli flat that he had rented out to a private company. The (Kandivli) flat belongs to the Barve family.

The agency is not willing to believe that a flat in Kandivli could fetch a deposit of Rs30 lakh. The agency now plans to call the company representatives to verify Barve’s claim.

Sources said that Barve also showed them (CBI officials) a few news cuttings about a Juhu building having flats owned by IPS officials that fetched similar amount in deposit for flats given on rent.

“Juhu is completely different and it is difficult to believe that a flat in Kandivli could get Rs30 lakh as deposit,” a CBI official said, requesting anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to media. He added that the agency would question the company representatives on this issue and would also scrutinise the leave and licence agreement as well to verify Barve’s claims.

It is alleged that as joint commissioner of police (traffic), Barve had issued a no objection certificate (NoC) for reducing the width of Captain Prakash Pethe Marg to increase the area for Adarsh housing society.

It was also alleged that his father was allotted the flat in Adarsh in lieu of this favour.

However, the document pertaining for reducing the width of the Captain Prakash Pethe Marg is missing from the office of Urban Development Department (UDD).

The agency has already arrested three staff of the department in connection with the missing files pertaining to Adarsh. The CBI had questioned Barve’s father last week. Barve could not be reached for comment.