The ownership of land under the Adarsh housing society was never in doubt, and it remained with the state government, an official from the revenue department told the Adarsh inquiry commission on Thursday.
JK Gharat, deputy secretary for revenue and forest told the commission on Thursday that there was no dispute of ownership with respect to the Adarsh land.
“While the case of Adarsh society was being processed, there was no dispute of ownership in respect of the land in question between the government of Maharashtra and the ministry of defence,” said Gharat. “I do not remember if the government of Maharashtra had received a claim either from the Union of India or the MOD in connection with the title of the land in question,” he added.
With respect to his signatures and various file notings, Gharat claimed that the noting on January 19, 2009 referred to the information that both general Viz and general Kapoor were granted membership as per the decision taken by the then chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh.
Similarly, on April 4 2009, Gharat signed a noting in accordance with directions given by the then revenue minister Patangrao Kadam to lift the stay with regard to the Adarsh society.
On Tuesday, Gharat had admitted that a corrigendum to the government resolution regarding the allotment of the Adarsh land was changed without verifying facts with the city collector.
He referred to the August 16 corrigendum where the state deleted the words ‘possession is with the defence establishment’ from its earlier GR at the behest of society members.
The two-member Adarsh inquiry commission is currently probing the various irregularities with respect to the Adarsh housing society scam.