Mumbai: The Bombay High Court today said they are not satisfied with a report filed by CBI in response to a public interest litigation alleging allotment of ‘benami’ flats to government officials and politicians in the controversial Adarsh housing society in south Mumbai.
“We are not satisfied with the report…It seems there is non-application of mind by the agency in respect of issues raised in the petition,” said a bench headed by Justice Abhay Oka after reading the report, submitted in a sealed cover.
The judges directed the agency to file an additional report by September 28, and asked the Joint Director of CBI, Western Zone to remain present on the next occasion.
The PIL, filed by the activist Praveen Wategaonkar, alleged that some top government officials and politicians held ‘benami’ (by proxy) flats in Adarsh building, which was a quid-pro-quo for clearing the files related to the building which violated several norms.
Wategaonkar has sought disclosure of names of two top officers of the Maharashtra government who had dealt with Adarsh files and allegedly obtained benami flats.
He has claimed that CBI, when it arrested one of the promoters of Adarsh society, Kanhaiyalal Gidwani in 2011, it “claimed in the remand papers that they needed Gidwani’s custody because he held benami flats for political leaders”.
Gidwani, a Congress leader, and his family members owned a total of 10 flats in Adarsh. His sons owned three flats while in respect of other flats, the source of money and real ownership was not clear, the PIL has said.
It has alleged that two of these flats were meant for high-profile members of the government who helped clear the Adarsh files, and two others for prominent politicians.
Gidwani passed away in 2012. PTI
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