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Medha to launch agitation tomorrow

Announcing the start of a public agitation in Mumbai from Wednesday, activist Medha Patkar on Monday demanded an independent judicial inquiry into the Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society controversy. She said a massive morcha would be held at Azad Maidan on Wednesday afternoon.

india Updated: Nov 02, 2010 01:37 IST
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Announcing the start of a public agitation in Mumbai from Wednesday, activist Medha Patkar on Monday demanded an independent judicial inquiry into the Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society controversy. She said a massive morcha would be held at Azad Maidan on Wednesday afternoon.

The 31-storey tower at Colaba was allegedly built in violation of environmental norms and on the false promise that houses would be given to war veterans and widows.

Dismissing the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry, Patkar said only a judicial inquiry would be neutral.

“The ministerial panel appointed by the Centre to investigate the matter is grossly insufficient. We don’t expect justice from politicians from the same party as the scamsters. Since the CBI functions under the Congress-led government, both are futile exercises,” she said.

Patkar is the national convenor of the National Alliance of People’s Movement, whose activists Simpreet Singh and Santosh Daundkar were instrumental in blowing the lid off the irregularities.

Linking the controversy to the one over clearances for the Lavassa project, Patkar said: “Both are examples of land-grabbing by people in power. If the same land was used to house the poor, we could have resettled thousands.”

She added: “Every authority was warned of the scam by us in 2008, but they refused to take action. Obviously, every officer who could have stalled the project got a flat for keeping quiet.”