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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Adarsh Housing Scam: CBI questions Sushilkumar Shinde!

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Vinay Kumar, The Hindu / NEW DELHI, July 31, 2011.

Union Minister for Power Sushilkumar Shinde. File photo
Union Minister for Power Sushilkumar Shinde. File photo.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Sunday recorded the statement of Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, also a former Chief Minister of Maharashtra, in Adarsh housing society scam case.

Sources in the CBI said that Mr. Shinde’s statement was recorded as he had accepted a proposal, during his tenure as Chief Minister, recommending 40 per cent allotment of flats in Adarsh Housing Society to civilians in Mumbai which was meant for Kargil victims.

A team of CBI officials from Mumbai had reached the Capital and quizzed Mr. Shinde at his residence on the reasons for clearing the file sent by Ashok Chavan, who was Maharashtra Revenue Minister during 2003-04 period as well as grant of certain sanctions to the Adarsh society, located in the upscale Colaba area of Mumbai.

Though the CBI remained tightlipped about knocking at Union Power Minister’s door, interestingly the investigating agency’s action came on the eve of the beginning of Monsoon session of Parliament.

The multi-crore housing scam has already led to the resignation of Mr. Chavan as Chief Minister. The Congress leadership replaced Mr. Chavan with Mr. Prithiviraj Chavan who was Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

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