Mumbai: The Adarsh Society scam is expected to turn murkier with the arrest of retired army officials and bureaucrats who after undergoing extensive interrogations may bring former chief ministers of Maharashtra under the purview of the Central Bureau of Investigation.

The CBI in its preliminary investigations had named only former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan as the thirteenth accused in the Adarsh society scam.
However, it is noteworthy that from planning the Adarsh society to completion of construction of 31 floors of the building, Vilasrao Deshmukh, Sushilkumar  Shinde and Shivajirao Patil Nilangekar were holding prominent positions due to which their involvement cannot be ruled out. All the three have been the chief ministers of the state earlier.

According to CBI sources, the former state government officials arrested so far have repeatedly claimed that they took all the decisions related to Adarsh society on the directions of the politicians.

Vilasrao Deshmukh was serving as Chief Minister of Maharashtra when the Adarsh society plan was being laid out in 1999 and during its construction. Deshmukh was also looking into the Urban Development Ministry which flouted all rules to approve facilities for the building. Moreover, the BMC also allowed raising the height of the building which also comes under the Urban Development Ministry.

The top officials of these departments Ramanand Tiwari, Jairaj Pathak, Subhash Lala have already been arrested and the interrogations may reveal Deshmukh’s involvement in the case who served as the Chief Minister for seven long years.

Ashok Chavan was the Revenue Minister when Deshmukh was serving as the Chief Minister. Similarly, during the construction of the Adarsh building, former Chief Minister Shivajirao Patil Nilangekar was serving as the Revenue Minister during the tenure of Sushilkumar  Shinde as the Chief Minister.  
It is said, like Chavan, the relatives of Nilangekar were also allotted flats in the Adarsh society building. During the tenure of Nilangekar, many concessions were made to the society which can invite CBI to tighten the noose around him.

(JPN/Bureau)