The Bombay high court on Tuesday came down heavily on the Enforcement Directo-rate (ED) for not probing members of Adarsh housing society in Colaba accused of money laundering.
It also pulled up the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for its snail-paced investigations into allegations that the 31-storey tower has come up on land meant for the kin of Kargil war heroes.
The division bench of justices PB Majmudar and RD Dhanuka was irked when the ED lawyer told them that the agency had not begun an inquiry since the CBI is investigating the matter. “Why are you depending on the CBI? You are a separate agency and can conduct the probe independently,” the judges asked before summoning the ED director on March 12 to inform them about steps being taken to verify allegations made by social activists.
The court also expressed displeasure when CBI counsel counsel Mandar Goswami sought more time to file the charge sheet in the case. The judges asked him to submit a fresh status report, and warned: “We will direct you to form a special investigation team if we find the progress is not satisfactory.”
The court was hearing PILs filed by social activists Simpreet Singh, Mahendra Singh and Thane resident Pravin Wategaonkar, urging the court to supervise the CBI probe and direct the ED to initiate an inquiry for money laundering offences.