MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court today asked Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is probing Adarsh Society scam, why it was taking so long to finish the probe.
The agency today sought three months to complete the investigation, saying it was a complicated case, and there were several benami transactions which needed to be probed.
"We are not giving three months' time. How long have you been probing the matter? Have you looked into the Income Tax Dept report?" asked the division bench headed by Justice Sharad Bobade.
The court was hearing PIL filed by activist Santosh Daundkar, which has sought monitoring of the probe by the HC.
Petitioner's lawyer, advocate Ashish Mehta, said the probe was going very slow, and it had already been 15 months.
The court then directed the CBI to make a formal application for more time, giving details of progress of investigation, within two weeks.
The 31-storied Adarsh Housing Society building in the plush Colaba area here allegedly came up in breach of several civic and environmental laws.
The CBI has registered criminal case against 13 persons in the case, including former Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan.