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Ex-deputy secretary’s flat sealed

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday pasted a notice on the door of the Thane home of former deputy secretary of the urban development department, PV Deshmukh, asking him to appear before the investigating agency in the Adarsh society scam.

mumbai Updated: Feb 01, 2011 01:37 IST

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday pasted a notice on the door of the Thane home of former deputy secretary of the urban development department, PV Deshmukh, asking him to appear before the investigating agency in the Adarsh society scam.

A CBI team went to search Deshmukh’s house on Sunday evening and early on Monday morning but found it locked both times.

It has sealed the flat and pasted a notice on the door asking Deshmukh to appear before the agency for a house search.

Deshmukh, who owns a flat in Adarsh, is one of the 13 people named in the CBI’s first information report (FIR) filed in the case on Saturday.

Adarsh, declared illegal by the Union environment ministry earlier this month, is under the scanner for allegedly violating environmental norms and giving bureaucrats and politicians flats in return for clearances.

Adarsh was initially floated as a housing society for war widows and veterans.

Deshmukh, who stays on the fourth floor of Gaurang Apartments on LBS Marg in Thane, is the third key person named in the FIR who was not at home when the CBI team came calling.

The other two, the society’s chief promoter RC Thakur and its president retired major general MM Wanchoo, were also not at home when the CBI searched their homes on Sunday. Their families were present when their residences were searched.

Sources in the CBI said the families had told the CBI that the two had gone out for some work related to the society and they did not know when the duo would return.

Both, Thakur and Wanchoo, are yet to return home.

The CBI had also searched the Nariman Point residence of Ramanand Tiwari, former principal secretary of the urban development department, on Sunday evening.

It searched Deshmukh’s house because he, with Tiwari and some others, was responsible for changing the development plan of the vicinity to accommodate Adarsh.

The CBI’s search on the society’s Colaba office concluded on Monday. The CBI also got keys of Thakur’s Nagpur residence and opened it on Monday. The search team had sealed the residence on Sunday because it was locked. Sources said the searches were conducted because these people had not shared a single document pertaining to Adarsh during the CBI’s preliminary inquiry.

The CBI has seized minutes of meetings held by Adarsh society members, ledger books, details and modes of payments made by flat owners to the society, details of expenditures by the society and the receipts.

The investigating agency also seized individual records and documents pertaining to flats bought in Adarsh from the houses of the society’s office bearers and members searched over Sunday and Monday.