Mumbai: Promoter of controversial Adarsh Housing Society, K L Gidwani, arrested by CBI for his alleged role in the multi-crore housing scam, was on Thursday remanded to police custody till March 26 by a special court here.

Three other co-accused -- retired Major General A R Kumar, retired Major General T K Kaul and Secretary (Expenditure), Ministry of Finance, Government of Maharashtra Pradeep Vyas -- who were also arrested by CBI -- were sent to police custody till March 31.

The CBI pressed for 14-day police custody of Gidwani but the court sent him to custody only for four days as his lawyers Sirish Gupte and Satish Maneshinde cited a supreme court judgment contending that when CBI had arrested him in Adarsh corruption case where he along with his son were held for trying to bribe a CBI counsel for diluting the case, the agency should have revealed that he is under probe in the main case.

The probe agency also contended in the court that Maj Gen (retd) Kumar was working as GOC Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa areas and he dishonestly and fraudulently, in conspiracy with former defence estates officer and Adarsh Secretary, R C Thakur and others got issued purported NOC for the plot of land applied by the Society which was in occupation of the Army since long.

CBI alleged that this was in the knowledge of Kumar for which he was not competent. As a result of NOC, the said land was allotted in favour of Adarsh Society.

The CBI said that Retd Major General Kaul gave a false reply to starred Lok Sabha question that the land allotted to Adarsh Society was never in the occupation of Army. This was in contrary to the fact that the land was in possession of Army since long.

He suppressed the fact and falsely communicated to the higher authorities that the land does not belong to the Army when a complaint was made about the fraudulent allotment of Army land to Adarsh society.

Kaul has a flat in his name and two suspected benami flats which are under investigation, CBI said.

Vyas conspired with other accused and recommended the names of some of the persons to become members of the Society who were not eligible. As a motive of reward for the favours shown by him he was given membership in the society, CBI said.