PUNE: The Central Bureau of Investigation, Pune, searched the office and residence of hotelier and builder Ram Kumar Agarwal as well as the residence of former defence estates officer (Pune circle) Ved Prakash on Friday.
"The searches were conducted in the office premises of Agarwal, chairman of Citizen sports and recreation club private limited, at Residency Club, bungalow No. 3, Queens Garden Road and his residence at Sun City Agarwal Villa No. 3 in Vadgaonsheri. The residence of Prakash at 603, Kirti apartments, Mayur Vihar, Phase-1, New Delhi, was also searched after obtaining search warrants from the court under section 93 of the Criminal Procedure Code," a CBI official said.
The CBI has seized incriminating documents/records which are being scrutinised. "It is alleged that Prakash, in criminal conspiracy with private person Agarwal, passed favourable orders during 2002-06, facilitating private accused person to illegally use defence land valued at Rs 44 crore in Pune Cantonment area for commercial purposes," the CBI official said.
When contacted, Agarwal said, "The CBI conducted searches at my office and residence and surveyed the club. The CBI feels that the club is used for commercial purpose. We have informed the CBI that the district and sessions court in Pune has allowed us to use the club for commercial use. The case is sub-judice. I am confused as the court has granted us relief, but the CBI is conducting an inquiry. We have given details of the court order to the CBI".
The agency has registered a case under sections 120 (b) (criminal conspiracy) read with 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code and sections 13 (2) read with 13 (1) (d) (criminal misconduct) of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
CBI superintendent of police Atul Fulzele confirmed the searches, but refused to give details.