ED issues notices to society members in Adarsh scam, finally
Mumbai, April 15, 2012, DH News Service
Bombay HC had earlier rapped Enforcement Directorate, CBI and Income Tax department for delay in initiating action
A month after the Bombay High Court rebuke, the Enforcement Directorate (ED), late last week, finally issued notices to members of the controversial and “under probe” Adarsh Housing Society, seeking details of the sources of payments made to purchase apartments.
The contentious 31-storey building has been constructed on a plot in south Mumbai’s Colaba region, reportedly earmarked for housing Kargil war heroes and widows.
So far nine people, including two retired major-generals and three senior retired and serving IAS officials have been taken into custody by the Central Bureau of Investigation.
It is learnt that the ED was awaiting replies this week and may also move court seeking custody of scamsters recently arrested by the investigating agency.
Last month, the court while hearing the multiple-agencies Adarsh scam investigations, directed the Central Bureau of Investigation, Income-Tax (I-T) department and the Enforcement Directorate to hold a joint-meeting to collate information and complete the “delayed,” investigation quickly.
The court was incensed over the tardy investigation and castigated the CBI, questioning the delay in initiating action against the “erring” government officers and other accused. The country's premier investigating agency in its status report submitted before the court mentioned that so far it had filed FIR against 15 people alleging manipulation of land documents to usurp the plot.
The court after slamming the CBI also rapped the Enforcement Directorate (ED-FEMA) for its short-shrift replies. The special director ED who was present at the court blamed the CBI for “being cagey about its findings,” adding that carrying out investigations under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act would “lead to duplication of work amongst various agencies”.
All the three agencies were then directed to hold a joint meeting and the CBI was ordered to share specific information pertaining to money-laundering with the ED and findings of unaccounted wealth with the I-T department.
Following severe criticism from the court, the CBI, late last month swung into action and started picking key people involved in the scam. Meanwhile, the I-T officials have also started its scrutiny of accounts and moveable and immoveable assets held by the Adarsh Society members to ascertain the quantum of unaccounted money involved in the sale of apartments in the building.
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Comment: The main Military players have still not been nabbed: Immovable and Movable property of the families of these Generals need to be probed:
1. The CAG report stated that, “General Deepak Kapoor and General NC Vij clearly had conflict of interest in the Adarsh case.”
2. Lt Gen Tejinder Singh "operates in tandem with a Major Hooda (Retd) and his son, both of whom are well known to Karthik Chidambaram,the influential son of Home Minister P Chidambaram". The younger Hooda, a presumed relative of the Haryana Chief Minister, is alleged to be "active in promoting the products of certain agencies, including foreign entities". These sources claim that Tejinder Singh was very close to a former Chief of Army Staff and that he "knows the incoming Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Bikramjit Singh, very well". Gen Tejinder is a Tatra Scamster linked with the IIT genious Ravi Rishi CEO of a maze of companies involved in money laundering and secret accounts.
These three top notch Generals were/ are members of Adarsh Society and it is common knowledge in military circles that they have taken bribes from Munition Vendors (difficult to prove of course), and their extended family members involved in money laundering for acquiring properities from other than known sources of income.
The question now remains... Can Chidambaram get to the bottom of the rot?
Who is Gen Tejinder Singh
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