CM seeks report on Adarsh, army conducting probe
Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan has sought information on the row over the allotment of a prime plot of land to Adarsh Co-operative Housing Society in south Mumbai.mumbai Updated: Oct 28, 2010 00:30 IST
Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan has sought information on the row over the allotment of a prime plot of land to Adarsh Co-operative Housing Society in south Mumbai.
Chavan has asked concerned departments to submit the information, an official said, adding “as per our records, the land belongs to the revenue department and was in the possession of the Union ministry of defence”.
The army is also carrying out an inquiry into the row.
The highrise building has been allegedly constructed by violating rules, with beneficiaries being former services chiefs, politicians and bureaucrats.
A controversy has erupted over how the Adarsh society in Colaba, originally meant to be a six-storey structure to house Kargil war heroes and widows, got converted into a 31-storey tower through collusion of bureaucrats, politicians and top defence officers.
The highrise is built on 6,450 sq metres within the Colaba naval area and was cleared on the condition of housing war veterans but now has 104 members including senior army commanders, a former environment minister, legislators and state bureaucrats.
Chavan has asked the concerned departments to submit a comprehensive report on the allegations and once the information is received, he will decide on the course of action, the official said.
“As far as we are concerned, the inquiry is on and I would not like to comment beyond this as it may hamper the inquiry," army chief General V.K. Singh said.
Asked if the inquiry was being conducted by the CBI, Singh said, “If you want to know about the CBI inquiry, ask the (defence) ministry. We are trying to find out at our own level that if there is anything wrong.”