Mumbai : After giving a clean chit to Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, the CBI on Tuesday also cleared Rural Development Minister Jayant Patil from any role in the Adarsh Housing Society scam.
In reply to an application filed by activist Pravin Wategaonkar alleging that Shinde and Patil own ‘benami’ flats in Adarsh building in south Mumbai, the CBI filed an affidavit before the Bombay High Court.
Earlier, the CBI had given a clean chit to Shinde, stating that it did not find any evidence which suggests that Shinde abused his position to get membership in the society for his kin.
Later,Wategaonkar submitted an additional affidavit along with the document supporting allegations against Shinde and Patil.
Giving a clean chit to Patil and Shinde, the affidavit filed by CBI said,” No evidence against Sushilkumar Shinde and Jayant Patil was sufficient to prove them guilty, hence they have not been arraigned as accused.”
The affidavit also added that no new facts or additional information and documents relied upon by Wategaonkar discloses or alters the view of the agency in respect of Shinde and Patil, due to insufficient evidence.
Patil’s nephew owns a flat in the society. From October 1999 to December 2008, Patil was finance minister when the state had allotted land to Adarsh society.
Before the inquiry commission set up to probe the scam Patil had deposed that he did not play any role in his nephew becoming member of the society.