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No separate probe by govt: CM

The state government may order an internal inquiry into the disappearance of documents related to the Adarsh Housing Society scam.

mumbai Updated: Nov 28, 2010 00:54 IST

The state government may order an internal inquiry into the disappearance of documents related to the Adarsh Housing Society scam.

State’s urban development department (UDD) on Friday lodged a complaint with the Marine Drive police after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) asked about the documents. The documents went missing from a 2003 file, which referred to two of the state government’s controversial decisions regarding Adarsh society.

Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan told Hindustan Times that he had directed the urban development department to file an FIR in the case. “This is very serious and the guilty will have to face consequences,” he said.

Chavan, however, said that the government would not order a separate probe in the case at this stage. “We will wait for the police report. The matter is sub-judice. If necessary, we will order a probe later,” he said.

Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar said on Saturday: “The government has taken serious note of the missing file of Adarsh Society from Mantralaya. Even if the CBI is independently looking into the case, we will look into missing of the file.”

The UDD had 10 files on the scam and all of these files have been submitted to the CBI. Sources in the CBI said that four pages — numbers 15, 27, 99 and 279 — have gone missing. The files were kept in a cupboard of the deputy secretary, designated as the record room.

The last time this file was searched was with reference to an RTI application filed in June this year. Officials said it couldn’t be found then, but was located on November 1.

One of the documents refers to a decision reducing the road width of Captain Prakash Pethe Marg, and changing its reservation to residential to give the plot to the society. The other contains the correspondence between the UDD deputy secretary PV Deshmukh and ministry of environment and forests in 2003.

Senior UDD official said the department had filed a non-cognisable complaint on November 20 after CBI sleuths insisted that the FIR was lodged.

The files were earlier discussed at the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority meeting on November 3 before their copies were sent to the Centre, but at the time the UDD did not mention that the notings were missing.