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Bombay HC asks CBI to spell out Adarsh probe against Shinde, Deshmukh

India TV News Desk 03 Aug 2012, 22:20:20 PM IST
India TV News Desk
Mumbai, Aug 3: The Bombay High Court today directed the CBI to file its reply by August 29 on the investigations it carried out against union ministers Vilasrao Deshmukh and Sushilkumar Shinde in the multi-crore Adarsh scam case.

A division bench of Justices S A Bobade and Mridula Bhatkar was hearing the PIL filed earlier this week by activist Praveen Wategaonkar, seeking court direction to CBI to state what probe it has undertaken against the ministers.  

The activist had earlier filed a PIL in the Adarsh case.  The agency had earlier recorded the statements of Shinde and Deshmukh—both former chief minister of Maharashtra, regarding the scam.

However, the chargesheet filed by CBI on July 4 against 13 accused, including former chief minister Ashok Chavan, does not mention names of the minister duo.

The court today suggested that Wategaonkar could file the same application before the special CBI court as it has power to direct the agency to include further names as accused in the case.

To this Wategaonkar said,”the CBI would first have to clear its stand on whether it would be filing a supplementary chargesheet in the Adarsh scam. And if yes, who would be added as accused”.

Shekhar Naphade, counsel for Adarsh society, argued that the court should first decide on the applications, filed separately by the society and Maharashtra Government, challenging the CBI probe.

The bench said it would hear the applications regarding whether CBI has jurisdiction to probe the scam on August 29.