On a day that the Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society scam cost chief minister Ashok Chavan his post, defence minister AK Antony has ordered a CBI probe into the affair and the environment ministry found prima facie evidence that the Society was built without mandatory environment clearance.
Antony has asked the CBI to carry out a comprehensive probe and fix responsibility for lapses. Explaining the scope of the probe, a defence ministry official said the agency had been asked to examine the circumstances under which a 'no objection' certificate was issued and possession of the land in question relinquished.
“The CBI will also probe the extent to which commitments for welfare of war widows and service personnel were complied with,” the official said.
As for the green clearances, environment minister Jairam Ramesh said, “I have sought additional documents from the Urban Development department on the approvals given after which action will be initiated,” Environment and Forest minister Jairam Ramesh said.
He made the statement after the ministry reviewed documents received from the environment and coastal zone authority. “Based on the evidence we have so far, no clearance was given for the Adarsh building,” Ramesh said.