Adarsh probe awaits committee members

Three weeks after it was announced, the state government is still struggling to put together a two-member committee to probe the Adarsh housing society scam.

Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan had on December 8 announced that a two-member committee comprising a former high court judge or Supreme Court judge and a former chief secretary would conduct a judicial probe. However, the state has so far not been able to finalise the committee members.

One of the main hurdles for the committee selection is that Chavan is keen to have the 'right persons' as members. Ideally, someone who has not benefitted with a house under the CM’s discretionary quota, or someone not a member of a cooperative housing society that was allotted land by the government. 

Also, the committee is expected to put down their observations on the use of the chief ministerial discretionary quota, which was recently termed by the Congress president Sonia Gandhi as one of the main reasons for corruption. But, this is not a mandatory condition.

According to sources in the state secretariat, former Bombay high court chief justice Sujata Manohar, and former high court judges RK Batta and VG Munshi were being considered to head the probe. Former chief secretary Sharad Upasani had also been approached to be part of the committee.

 

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