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Court appreciates CBI action in Adarsh housing society case

Bombay high court tells the agency that it should make arrests in the case at its own discretion.

mumbai Updated: Mar 23, 2012 01:51 IST
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Even as the state suspended two senior IAS officers for their alleged involvement in the Adarsh scam, the Bombay high court on Thursday appreciated the progress the Central Bureau of Investigation has made in the probe and the action it has taken.

The court had pulled up the CBI just 10 days ago for not acting against the 14 accused it had named in its FIR despite having evidence. Since then, the agency has made seven arrests.

“Perhaps, they will come out with flying colours, given a chance,” the court said.

At the hearing, advocate general Ravi Kadam conveyed the decision to suspend the IAS officers, Jairaj Phatak and Pradeep Vyas. “Departmental proceedings will be initiated against the two,” he said. The suspension came a day after Vyas was arrested.

At the time of suspension, Vyas was a secretary in the finance department and Phatak was a member secretary of the Development Board for Rest of Maharashtra.

Additional solicitor general Darius Khambata submitted reports regarding the progress in probes by the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate. Rishiraj Singh, joint director of the CBI, attended the hearing .

Softening its stand on the arrests of accused, the division bench of Justice PB Majmudar and Justice RD Dhanuka said: “It is your discretion, you are the judge so far as the investigation is concerned.”

The court also said that “if the land belongs to the defence forces, there is nothing wrong in handing it back to the defence”. The next hearing is on April 30.