Adarsh scam: Premises of three officials raided by CBI

Written by Agencies | Mumbai | Updated: Feb 1 2011, 04:31am hrs
A day after registering a case in the Adarsh Housing Society scam, the CBI on Sunday carried out searches at the premises of three main accused named in the FIR, including a retired Army officer and a Congress leader.

The searches were conducted at the residences and other places of the societys general secretary RC Thakur, retired Brigadier M Wanchoo and Congress leader KL Gidwani in various parts of Maharashtra and Bihar. The office of the Adarsh society in Colaba was among the places raided. The raids come a day after the CBI filed an FIR naming 13 people, including former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan and some retired senior Army officials.

Searches are being conducted at Thakurs residences in Bihar, Nagpur and Thane and Wanchoos house in Pune and Gidwanis house in Mumbai. Searches are also being conducted at the office of Adarsh society, said a senior CBI official.

According to CBI sources, Thakur, Wanchoo and Gidwani were allegedly the prime movers in building the society. All the three are accused of usurping land not belonging to them and illegally grabbing it, the sources said. Thakur was the then sub-divisional officer at the Defence Estate Office of Mumbai while Gidwani was the chief promoter of the society. The FIR also names retired Lt General PK Rampal, major generals AR Kumar and TK Kaul, the then principal secretary, Ramanand Tiwari, who was recently suspended by Maharashtra government as information commissioner, Subhash Lala, then principal secretary to the chief minister and Brig (retd) R C Sharma.