The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will soon question Ashok Chavan in connection with the Adarsh scam, which cost him the chief minister’s post.
CBI officers said Chavan’s questioning is necessary in view of allegations that in his capacity as revenue minister in 2003, he made a recommendation to Adarsh Co-operative Society to allot 40% flats to civilians.
The CBI has a copy of the letter written by the society to Chavan, which says it has agreed to consider his recommendation.
A CBI officer, requesting anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media, said Chavan’s involvement in allotment of flats to his late mother-in-law Bhagwati Sharma and sister-in-law Seema Sharma was also being probed.
His statement on this issue was important, the officer said, because Seema was termed ineligible for the society’s membership by the Mumbai collector in June 2003 on grounds of income criteria. In September 2004, however, the revenue department again forwarded her application to the collector’s office for reconsideration.
Chavan, though, will be questioned only after the CBI registers a first information report (FIR) in the matter, which is likely next week. It has already registered a preliminary enquiry (PE) case.