CBI trains guns on Adarsh
A three-member team from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) visited the Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society in Colaba on Wednesday. The CBI team gave the society committee a letter asking for certain documents.mumbai Updated: Nov 04, 2010 01:13 IST
A three-member team from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) visited the Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society in Colaba on Wednesday. The CBI team gave the society committee a letter asking for certain documents.
Investigating into the irregularities of the building, the CBI has got over 4,000 pages documents from the Mumbai collector’s office. They had earlier as well sought documents from the society and Navy, but had not received them.
A CBI officer and two personnel visited the society around 3.30 pm on Wednesday and handed over the letter to the committee members in the office. Though the building is not occupied, the committee members sit in the office for society related work.
The CBI sleuths were present in the building for about 20 minutes and they asked the committee to hand over all the documents by Thursday evening.
According to a senior CBI officer, who did not wish to be named, as he is not authorised to speak on the issue, the team has asked for two types of details from the committee.
“We want all the documents pertaining to the society’s correspondence with the Maharashtra government,” said the officer, adding that the agency has also asked the committee to get income tax returns records of all those who have been allotted flats in the building.
“We want returns to ascertain the income of the allottees and to see if all of them meet the eligibility criteria,” said the officer.
From the society’s correspondence with the state government, the CBI wants to verify if the building has all clearances. The central agency is likely to register a first information report (FIR) related to the irregularities soon. Presently, the CBI is scrutinising all documents that it has received from the Mumbai collector's office.
The CBI is also looking into how the government and defence officers, and their families organised funds to buy flats in the building.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan said he would welcome a CBI enquiry into the Adarsh scam, but added that the agency had not approached him so far. “I welcome if an inquiry is being conducted. They have not approached me,” said Chavan.
Chavan, who attended office before leaving for his hometown in the evening, said that the ministry of defence had asked for the CBI enquiry as there is a claim that the land belongs to the Defence and also there are allegations against some military officials.