Mumbai: A special CBI court on Tuesday extended the judicial custody of seven accused in the Adarsh housing society scam till April 30 and remanded former Maharashtra bureaucrats Jairaj Phatak and Ramanand Tiwari to judicial custody for the first time. The court will hear the bail pleas of some of the accused on Thursday.

On Tuesday, Phatak and Tiwari, who were in CBI custody, were produced before the court which remanded them to judicial custody till April 30. Meanwhile, six accused, namely IAS officer Pradeep Vyas, Major General (retd) T K Kaul, Major General (retd) A R Kumar, former Secretary in Urban Development department P V Deshmukh sought bail arguing the investigations into the case are over and they be granted liberty.

Defence lawyer Satish Maneshinde orally pleaded the interim report of the judicial panel, which was tabled in the state Assembly on Tuesday, has said the ownership of the land in upscale Colaba on which the 31-story high-rise stands lies with the state government and not army. The controversy as such on the issue has ended, he said.

The accused pleaded they may be released on bail as they had roots in society and would not abscond, impede trial or influence the witnesses.

Brigadier (retd) M M Wanchoo and defence officer (retd) R C Thakur have not yet sought bail while former MLC Kanhaiyyalal Gidwani is likely to apply for bail on Wednesday.
All the bail applications would be heard on April 19.

According to CBI, Gidwani was the chief promoter of Adarsh Society, which is facing allegations of breaching a host of environmental and civic laws, and was also instrumental in securing crucial clearances from different government departments.