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Adarsh panel raps state govt officials

mumbai Updated: Apr 20, 2011 01:47 IST
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The response of government officials to queries by the Adarsh Inquiry Commission has riled officials of the commission. For the second day in a row the commission took umbrage at the manner in which the officials submitted the documents meant for scrutiny by the commission.

The commission, which began its hearing on Monday, had slammed officials for their “casual approach” to the investigation. Some departments had failed to submit documents required or submitted them in a haphazard manner.

Officials from the military estate office, law and judiciary department, ministry of law, BEST and the state environment department were present at the hearing on Tuesday.

Some agencies, like the ministry of law, which had not sent senior officials were taken to task by the commission. “What is the reason for not attending proceedings despite specific directions,” said retired high court judge JA Patil, who heads the commission.

Apart from the BEST, all other departments have asked for more time to submit documents pertaining to Adarsh.

The Colaba housing society is being probed for violation of construction and environmental norms. The society has, as its members, military commanders, politicians, bureaucrats and their relatives.

It was alleged that bureaucrats and politicians used their positions to push through clearances in return for flats in Adarsh at throwaway rates.

The commission was set up in January to probe the scam with reference to specific issues, such as land ownership, reservation of the plot, coastal violations and role of public servants.

The commission is expected to submit its report by June.