Military Land Records do not have proof in the form of land records to assert the ministry of defence’s claim on Adarsh land, defence estates officer Gita Kashyap admitted before the Adarsh inquiry commission, on Friday. Kashyap said this on the last day of her deposition. Kashyap was cross-examined by state government counsel Anil Sakhare.
Sakhare, during his cross-examination, presented letters written by MoD officials asserting the state government’s ownership of Adarsh land. Kashyap, on May 23, had said the documents with her stated that the land on which the Adarsh building stood belonged to the Maharashtra government.
The defence estates officer is in charge of all defence land in places under his/her jurisdiction. The officer’s functions include management of all lands belonging to the estates department, maintaining land records, acquiring land and buildings for the use of the defence ministry and handling legal cases arising on account of land acquisition.
Kashyap said there were no records to show the land actually belonged to the defence ministry.
Kashyap had, however, claimed on June 8 that the government of India’s survey plan of 1957 shows the plot was in the Army’s possession.
Sakhre presented internal letters written by military officials showing the Maharashtra government as the title-holder of the land.
In response, Kashyap claimed land records with her did not show the Army’s ownership of the land.
Meanwhile, former chief minister Ashok Chavan who was to submit an affidavit before the commission has asked for more time to draft his reply.
The commission will now hear the deposition of SS Jog on Monday. Jog was the former administrative staff officer to the general officer-in-command (GOC) of the state army headquarters.