Adarsh scam: FIR against ex-armymen, Maharashtra officials

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today filed a first information report against some retired Army officers and retired Maharashtra government bureaucrats in the Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society scam. The FIR has reportedly been filed against retired defence officials and promoters of the Adarsh housing society.

This comes after the Bombay high court had on 18 January pulled up the CBI asking on what basis the agency had taken up the inquiry into the alleged housing scam without registering an FIR, and also for the tardiness of its investigations.

The court had directed the CBI to take a final decision on registration of FIRs within two weeks.

The FIR reportedly names two former Army personnel of the rank of major general and brigadier. It was not immediately clear whether the name of former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan figures in the FIR, registered at the special designated CBI court in Mumbai.

The agency had registered a preliminary inquiry into the scam in November last year.

The decision to file an FIR was taken after seeking a legal opinion on the evidence which had favoured registering of a case against some people for allegedly forging documents and abusing their official position.