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HC dismisses Adarsh society's plea to defreeze bank accounts

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday dismissed a petition filed by scam-tainted Adarsh housing society seeking to defreeze two of its bank accounts, while observing that the money in the account could be part of 'benami' transactions.

The society had approached the high court after its plea for defreezing of the bank accounts was turned down by a special CBI court in September 2015.

The CBI had in January 2011 froze two bank accounts of the society after registering a case against 14 accused, including several members of the society.

According to the society, the amount - totalling Rs 1.47 crore - lying in the two accounts had nothing to do with the purported scam.

The society claimed that the two bank accounts were opened with the State Bank of India's Cuffe Parade and Wodehouse Road branches, to bear legal expenses and day-to-day expenditure of the society.

CBI counsel Hiten Venegaonkar opposed the petition and said the amount could be part of benami transactions and hence, be proceeds of crime.

Justice Anil Menon on Wednesday accepted the CBI's contention.
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