Congress leader and one of the chief promoters of the Adarsh Co-operative Housing Society Kanhaiyalal Gidwani on Friday told the two-member Adarsh inquiry commission that former revenue minister Shivajirao Patil Nilangekar had assured that the state government was considering raising the income limit for the members.
Nilangekwar was chief minister of the state for a brief period, from June 1985 to March 1986.
The raising of the income limit had helped many of the society members, who were earlier found to be ineligible to gain membership into the society.
The state government had stringent rules for allotting land to societies. The state government's GR dated July 1999 had a rule that members should have lived in the state for a minimum 15 years and the income limit for a 650 sq ft flat should be Rs 12,500.
However, many members of the Adarsh Society were found ineligible under this rule.
Out of the initial list of 41 members submitted to the government, only 30 were found eligible.
Gidwani had then written a letter to chief minister Sushilkumar Shinde in July 2003 and revenue minister Nilangekar for amending the 1999 GR and increasing the income limit as "a good gesture to the brave soldiers of the motherland".
In his deposition, Gidwani claimed that on February 2004, Nilangekar had written to him stating that the "question of raising the income limit of members was under consideration".
Subsequently, the state government in February 2005 amended the provisions of the GR, raising the income limit to Rs 20,000 and waiving the domicile requirements for certain people.
The former Congress MLC further claimed that the society was aware that it could not accommodate 71 members on the said plot when the state government gave the letter of allotment.
"At the time of taking possession of the land in question, though we were fully aware that the 71 members list could not be accommodated, we took possession," Gidwani said.
The society had later demanded an additional plot of land and also extra FSI for the society.