The supplementary charge sheet filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation ( CBI) in connection with the Adarsh Society's scam case, says that as many as 10 flats of the society were acquired by various members, including businessman Abhay Sancheti, through the reserved class quota. On Thursday the agency filed the supplementary charge sheet against 44 people, accusing them of alleged benami possession of properties in the controversial Adarsh Society.
According to the charge sheet, the flats, which were basically meant for reserved castes, were surreptitiously acquired by several of the accused including RC Thakur, deceased Kanhaiyalal Gidwani, Brigadier (retired) RC Sharma, Abhay Sancheti, Anand Sancheti, Gidwani's sons Amit and Sunil Gidwani, and his wife Devi Gidwani.
The charge sheet further reads: "Those who were not eligible for the flats under the reserved category had proposed the names of close associates and asked such persons to apply for membership in Adarsh Society. The accused financed the flats and acquired a number of benami flats in the society."
The accused have been charged under sections 3 of the Benami Properties Act, section 120 (b) IPC (criminal conspiracy) and section 420 IPC (cheating). The supplementary charge sheet was filed against 22 members of the society and 24 financiers and co-conspirators involved.
It was the high court which had directed the CBI to look into the benami transactions involved in the allotment of flats in the Adarsh Co-op Housing Society. The society, a 31-storey high-rise in south Mumbai, became the centre of controversy after allegations propped up that those not eligible, including politicians, had acquired membership in the society and that the state and city authorities gave them undue concessions.