Deputy secretary in the state’s revenue department, JK Gharat, told the Adarsh inquiry commission on Monday that the promoter of the housing society, Kanhaiyalal Gidwani, had in 2001 told the government the land was in the society’s possession.
At the time, the society had not got possession of the land. However, Gharat did not bring this to the notice of the government, the officer admitted.
He reiterated that then chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh had asked the then revenue secretary to ‘put up’ the matter for consideration when the society applied for the addition of civilian members.
Gidwani, in a letter dated May 2001, had requested the then CM to expedite processing of the Adarsh file. Gidwani had requested that the file processing be expedited in view of the genuineness of the case and the sacrifices made by Kargil martyrs.
Gidwani, in the first paragraph of the letter, had stated that the society was in possession of the land in Block VI on which Adarsh stands.
“In my opinion the statement is incorrect. I cannot say why I did not mention in my noting that the statement made by Gidwani in his letter was not true,” Gharat told the Adarsh commission.
Gharat, at the time, was an under-secretary in the revenue department. The letter was subsequently sent by the chief minister to the secretary revenue for further processing.
Gharat claimed that there was one more letter written by Gidwani on January 2002 to the chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh to expedite the matter.
The CM had made a noting asking the revenue secretary to “put up” the proposal. Gharat later wrote the word “Tatkal” on this letter.
“I have written the word Tatkal on the letter as it came from the chief minister,” Gharat said.
Gharat on Monday claimed on January 13, 2000 the chief promoter of Adarsh wrote a letter to Ashok Chavan who was the then revenue minister in connection with allotment of government land to the society.
This letter had notings from then chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh who endorsed the letter and asked the revenue secretary to put up the proposal.