Officers from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday met the former director general of defence estates, Veena Maitra, who had more than six years ago objected to the handing over the land to the controversial Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society.
Rishi Raj Singh, joint director, Mumbai-1 zone, CBI, said the officers had gone for verification of documents. He refused to comment further. “We also discussed the ownership of the particular land,” said a senior CBI officer, requesting anonymity.
In March 2004, Maitra had written to the Army headquarters that this Colaba land was inside the military area and, hence, should not be surrendered to the society. Her objection was overruled and a no-objection certificate was given to the society because some senior Army officials were its members.
Maitra told the officers that RC Thakur, the chief promoter of the society, was sub-divisional estate officer in Colaba division when he first floated the idea of the society. Maitra said that M. Guruswamy, then defence estates officer of Mumbai circle, had got the NOC for the society cleared from the state administration, in 2000.