The Maharashtra government has filed an affidavit before the Bombay High Court stating that it did not send any request to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to investigate the Adarsh matter. It said that the State government had already accepted the government-appointed two member judicial commission's findings that the Maharashtra government owned the land in question.

The court is slated to hear the matter on Wednesday.

“I state that the State of Maharashtra has not made any request under the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act, 1946 to the CBI. However, on the specific written request by the CBI, the State government has made available all the relevant records requisitioned by them and has continued to extend cooperation to the CBI,” the affidavit filed by Ruprao N Deshmukh, Joint Secretary, Home Department, stated.

Unofficial sources said that even the Adarsh society filed an affidavit raising questions on the jurisdiction of the CBI in investigating the case.

‘Land belongs to State’

During the hearing of the case last month, the society referred to the findings of the State government-appointed judicial commission which concluded that the land belongs to the State government, and stated that the CBI’s investigation was without authority of law.

The State government too had toed the line and stated that the CBI took over the investigation under the impression that the land belonged to the Ministry of Defence.