The CBI on Thursday gave a clean chit to Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde in the Adarsh Housing Society scam.
The agency informed the Bombay High Court that there is no evidence to suggest that Shinde during his tenure as Maharashtra Chief Minister abused his position as a public servant.
This came in an affidavit filed by it in reply to an application submitted by social activist Pravin Wategaonkar asking that Shinde be included as an accused in the case, as he allegedly owned benami flats in the plush 31-storey Adarsh building in south Mumbai. “CBI does not feel it legally necessary to name Sushilkumar Shinde as an accused person in the ongoing investigation being carried out by it,” it said.
According to Wategaonkar’s application, Shinde had suggested inclusion of late Major N W Khankhoje as a member of the Adarsh society. Former MLC Kanhaiyalal Gidwani had deposed before the Adarsh commission that Shinde had asked for inclusion of Khankhoje as member.
“Khankhoje’s membership may have been pursued by K L Gidwani but it cannot be confirmed as Gidwani had died."