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Commission of inquiry for Adarsh?

The state government is thinking of setting up of a commission of inquiry to look into the Adarsh society scam in which politicians, bureaucrats and senior army personnel were allotted houses allegedly in return for project clearances.

mumbai Updated: Dec 21, 2010 01:46 IST
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The state government is thinking of setting up of a commission of inquiry to look into the Adarsh society scam in which politicians, bureaucrats and senior army personnel were allotted houses allegedly in return for project clearances.

The 31-storeyed Colaba building is under the scanner for allegedly flouting environment norms.

Advocate general Ravi Kadam told the Bombay high court on Monday that the state is thinking of setting up a commission of inquiry under a retired high court judge.

A division bench of justice AM Khanwilkar and justice AP Bhangale was hearing a petition filed by social activist Simpreet Singh seeking that the Central Bureau Investigation (CBI) probe the scam where officers from the central and state government are suspected to be involved.

Additional solicitor general Darius Khambata, who was representing the CBI, said the central agency is still conducting preliminary inquiry and has not lodged a first information report (FIR) in the case. “By January, it will be clear whether the agency will be lodging an FIR or not,” said Khambata.

He said the CBI will seek assistance and infrastructure from the state government if needed.

Kadam assured the court that the state government would cooperate with the CBI whenever the agency makes a request.

Singh’s counsel, YP Singh, argued that if prima facie a cognisable offence had taken place it is sufficient grounds for lodging an FIR.

YP Singh argued that names of three former chief ministers of Maharashtra had cropped up in the scam and the CBI was concentrating only on the alleged involvement of officers and bureaucrats who are under the central government’s purview.

He said the Anti-Corruption Bureau can lodge an FIR and conduct the investigation or the government can transfer the entire investigation to the CBI.

Simpreet Singh’s petition states that he has registered a complaint with the state Anti-Corruption Bureau against former Maharashtra chief minister and present Union power minister Sushilkumar Shinde and some Indian Administrative Services officers in connection with the scam.

The high court said the government and CBI can file their affidavits by the next date of hearing on January 18, 2011, if they intended to.