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Deshmukh, Shinde named witnesses

Expressing surprise at the naming of former Maharashtra chief ministers Vilasrao Deshmukh and Sushil Kumar Shinde as witnesses in the Adarsh Housing Society scam on Wednesday, the opposition demanded that both should also be named as accused in the chargesheet.

mumbai Updated: Jul 04, 2012 23:56 IST
HT Correspondent

Expressing surprise at the naming of former Maharashtra chief ministers Vilasrao Deshmukh and Sushil Kumar Shinde as witnesses in the Adarsh Housing Society scam on Wednesday, the opposition demanded that both should also be named as accused in the chargesheet.

A CBI officer claimed that the statements of the two former CMs were recorded during the course of investigation, and the agency decided to name them after it found that their purported role was limited to the extent of signing relevant files pertaining to the society.

Deshmukh and Shinde, however, are still on the central agency's radar.

Social activist Pravin Wategaonkar had filed a criminal PIL seeking invocation of provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act against 15 persons figuring as accused in the Adarsh Housing Society scam, but not named in the CBI's first information report (FIR).

He has alleged that these persons misused their official positions for their personal benefit and therefore the purported roles played by them were required to be investigated thoroughly.

He has alleged that some persons were holding benami flats in Adarsh on behalf of the two former CMs.

Leader of opposition in the Assembly Eknath Khadse said: "This chargesheet filed against Chavan has come too late in the day. The list surprisingly does not include the names of many others who played an important role in clearing files". He added that many other "senior Congressmen" who have signatures on files should be brought to book.

Shiv Sena spokesperson Neelam Gorhe said, "There was no need for the government to say it had not asked for a CBI probe. If people are guilty, they should be charged," she said.