Direct CBI to file affidavit on Shinde, Deshmukh’s role: Activist in petition

Activist Praveen Wategaonkar, who had filed a PIL seeking the invocation of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002 in the Adarsh Society scam, on Wednesday filed an application in the Bombay High Court seeking a directive to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to file an affidavit stating the role of Union Ministers Sushil Kumar Shinde, Vilasrao Deshmukh and several others in the alleged scam.

The deposition made by Deshmukh before the state government-appointed judicial commission indicated that he had 'helped carve out space for the society by reducing the width of a public road', according to the application. "Deshmukh as CM obtained for Adarsh, a private entity, a public utility road," it said.

Wategaonkar has contended that there is no record if Deshmukh had inquired whether the Adarsh Society land and the adjoining plot owned by BEST were amalgamated. Deshmukh, the application states, had admitted that he was aware that there is no permission to use TDR (Transfer of Development Rights) in the island city.

"This shows that Vilasrao Deshmukh was aligned more to the private interests of Adarsh society than public interest of not upholding 'no transfer of TDR policy' in the island city that too of a land in use by BEST — a public transport undertaking, and shows his complicity in the case," Wategaonkar stated.

Apart from Deshmukh and Shinde, Wategaonkar has also sought directions to CBI to disclose details of its probe into the role of former army chief Deepak Kapoor, former revenue minister Shivaji Rao Nilangekar Patil and IAS officer I A Kundan among others. The application will be heard on August 3.

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