ED to speed up probe into Adarsh: reports

With the CBI filing its chargesheet in the Adarsh scam, the Enforcement Directorate, which is separately investigating the case, is expected to speed up its probe, The Times of India reports citing unnamed sources in the anti-money laundering agency.

The sources said the ED was waiting for the CBI chargesheet to be filed as it is the CBI that had conducted the probe. They added the ED would now proceed full throttle with the probe into the housing scam and examine whether a case could be made out under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

The CBI had yesterday charged 13 accused, including former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan, and a number of retired army officials and bureaucrats in the case.

According to the CBI charge sheet, Chavan also has a 'benami' flat in the 31-storey tower in upscale Colaba in south Mumbai.

The CBI was also probing 'benami' transactions pertaining to 24 of the 103 flats in the Adarsh Society. It had told the special CBI court yesterday that a probe to identify the actual owners of these flats was under way.

The premier investigating agency had included Section 3 of Benami Transactions Act on the order of the Bombay high court on 17 February  last year.