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Wednesday, 2 February 2011

CBI raids ex-babu’s house, finds 23 lakh in bedroom

MUMBAI: The CBI was in for a big surprise when it broke open the seal of the Thane residence of former deputy secretary of Maharashtra urban development department, P V Deshmukh, on Wednesday. Deshmukh, who owns a flat in the Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society, is one of the 13 named in the CBI's first information report (FIR) filed in the land scam case last Saturday.

The CBI team found bags of cash packed neatly in bundles of Rs 1 lakh in Deshmukh's bedroom. It had counted Rs 23 lakh in cash at the time of going to the press. The CBI also seized crucial documents related to Adarsh. Sleuths searched Deshmukh's house as he, along with suspended state information commissioner Ramanand Tiwari and former urban development secretary and others, was responsible for changing the development plan of the area for Adarsh. CBI had sealed Deshmukh's residence after its team found it locked on Sunday evening and Monday morning. Deshmukh was not available on Wednesday when the search began at noon and continued till evening.

CBI had issued notices to society president Brigadier (rtd) M M Wanchu, co-promoter Kanhaiyalal Gidwani, a former legislator, and R C Thakur, a retired clerk in the defence estates office, to appear before it for questioning.

Deshmukh, who stays on the fourth floor of Gaurang Apartments on LBS Marg in Thane, is the third key person named in the FIR. Thakur and Wanchoo were also not at home on Sunday. Their families were present. CBI sources said the families had told them that the two had gone for work related to the society and they did not know when they would return.

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