The state-appointed Adarsh commission on Monday reproached Kailash Gidwani, the son of Kanhiyalal Gidwani, one of the key promoters of the controversial 31-storey tower in Colaba, for parrying questions put to him.
“It is found that the witness is not prepared to answer several questions which he was asked to check up on on the previous date, even though he had ample time of more than a month to get the necessary information and documents,” the commission said. Kailash had been grilled by the commission in May. His father Kanhaiyalal Gidwani has been accused of using his personal influence with bureaucrats and politicians to get favours for the society. Gidwani allegedly got his sons flats in the high-rise as quid pro quo.
Kailash has now been summoned again on August 23.
In another deposition, the housing society’s chief promoter, RC Thakur, claimed the society felt it was easier to get more land to accommodate members than to reduce applicants.
“It was difficult for the society to reduce the number of members, and the committee decided to accommodate them by taking additional land. It felt that it was easier to get more land than to reduce the number of proposed members,” Thakur said.
He also said that the society had decided to appoint Gidwani as a coordinator for getting approvals. “We took Gidwani’s help in getting land allotted from the government, for which the management of the society agreed that Gidwani may sponsor the names of members to the extent of 30%,” Thakur said.