The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) recorded the statement of former chief minister Sushilkumar Shinde in connection with the Adarsh housing society scam in order to strengthen the case against another former chief minister Ashok Chavan.
The CBI had on Sunday recorded the statement of Shinde, currently Union power minister, at his official residence in New Delhi.
CBI sources said they wanted to make a strong case against Chavan before calling him for questioning. Chavan is named as the 13th accused in the first information report filed by the agency.
“We want to prepare a solid base before calling him for questioning, as he was the first to propose inclusion of civilians in the society,” said a CBI official requesting anonymity.
The CBI FIR says that as revenue minister of Maharashtra in 2000, Chavan proposed to include civilians as members in the society with ulterior motive to make his relatives as members in the society.
Two of the flats in Adarsh are in the name of Chavan’s late mother-in-law Bhagwati Sharma and sister-in-law Seema Sharma.
CBI officials said that Shinde’s statement would be used to draft questions for Chavan where in the main crux would be on inclusion of civilians in the society.
Sources said that before calling Chavan, the CBI is likely to record the statement of another former chief minister of the state, Vilasrao Deshmukh.