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Give details of money paid by members: HC

While hearing two public interest litigations (PILs), the Bombay high court on Monday sought year-wise details of payments made by 103 members of the controversial Adarsh Co-operative Housing Society at Colaba and asked it to furnish details by October 3.

mumbai Updated: Sep 06, 2011 00:35 IST
HT Correspondent

While hearing two public interest litigations (PILs), the Bombay high court on Monday sought year-wise details of payments made by 103 members of the controversial Adarsh Co-operative Housing Society at Colaba and asked it to furnish details by October 3.

The division bench of justice Ranjana Desai and justice Rajesh Ketkar has also sought information about the mode of payment - cash or cheques.

The PILs were filed by social activist Simpreet Singh and Thane resident Pravin Wategaonkar. The bench expressed displeasure over delay in CBI probe into the matter - especially about questioning the heavyweight politicians suspected of having played a role in clearing files related to the 31-storey tower at Colaba.

The directive came after Wategaonkar pointed out that some members had not submitted complete details while responding to notices issued to them by the Income Tax department. He cited example of Shriniwas Patil, who has paid Rs60.80 lakh for the flat in the scam-hit society but had furnished details about payment of only Rs13 lakh.

"This suggests that the source of a large chunk of money is still unexplained," said the judges and asked Ashok Mundargi, counsel for the housing society, to furnish the details. Mundargi said all their records had been seized by the investigating agency, following which the court directed the investigating agency to go through the record seized by them and submit the details by October 3.

Additional solicitor general Darius Khambata, appearing for CBI, submitted a report indicating progress in investigation into the missing files case. According to him, the CBI has so far questioned 42 persons, which include some suspects and some witnesses.

He clarified principal secretary of the urban development department has also been questioned after Singh's counsel YP Singh complained that the CBI officers were ignoring the motive behind the offence and were not calling the head of the department and others for questioning. Khambata also informed the court that the CBI was awaiting forensic report of the hard disk drive as also the result of polygraph test conducted on three officers of the department.

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