Mumbai: Hearing a PIL seeking a probe by the Enforcement Directorate into alleged money laundering by Adarsh Housing Society members, the Bombay High Court on Monday asked the CBI to submit before it by October 3 the details of monetary transactions for purchase of flats.

The bench also directed the agency to expedite investigations in the main case and the one relating to the files of the society going missing from the Urban Development Department and submit the charge sheets at the earliest.

"We need information from CBI as to how much money each of the 103 members paid for the flats, the mode of payment, how much was paid in cash and how much by cheque and the year of payment," a division bench of justices Ranjana Desai and R G Ketkar said, asking the agency to submit the information by October 3.

The details were sought in a PIL filed by Pravin Wategaonkar seeking court's direction to ED to look into money laundering by the society members.

The bench, while hearing another PIL seeking the high court's supervision of the CBI probe, asked the agency to not limit its investigation only to junior officers.

"Apart from lower-rung officers, CBI should try to find out clues that might point to senior officers as well. The main attempt of the probe is to ascertain the motive behind the crime and who was the beneficiary. Confront senior officials with what information you (CBI) have got from the
juniors," Justice Desai said.

Additional Solicitor General Darius Khambata, appearing for CBI, told the court that the agency is awaiting forensic lab reports of the hard disks seized from the office of the Urban Development Department, from where the files pertaining to Adarsh society had gone missing. "CBI is trying to recreate the movement of the files and has recorded the statement of 42 people including the Principal Secretary of the Urban Development department. Polygraph tests have been conducted on the three arrested officials of the department. Reports are likely to come in a week," Khambata said.

"The agency should examine each and every person who dealt with the missing file from 1999 to 2010 irrespective of his designation. We want to know the names of the 42 persons who have been questioned already. Give us some indication as to who is behind this," Justice Desai said.

The court, while going through a status report by CBI on the progress of the probe, asked the agency to expedite the investigation and file another report in both the cases on October 3.

(Agencies)