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Coastal authority sent notice 15 months after receiving complaint

The Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) failed to take any action against the Adarsh society for 15 months despite complaints from a non-government organisation (NGO) pointing out various irregularities including violations of Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) norms.

mumbai Updated: May 18, 2012 01:06 IST
HT Correspondent

The Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) failed to take any action against the Adarsh society for 15 months despite complaints from a non-government organisation (NGO) pointing out various irregularities including violations of Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) norms.

The disclosure was made by Valsa R Nair Singh, secretary, environment department, before the Adarsh inquiry commission on Thursday.

In September 2008, social activist Simpreet Singh had addressed a complaint to several organisations pointing out the violation.

"It was the same letter through which the MCZMA came to know about the alleged CRZ violations," she added.

After failing to trace the Adarsh file for more than 15 months, the MCZMA issued a notice on November 03, 2010 asking the society to produce CRZ clearance.

"I directed the department to place Adarsh's original file to check the alleged CRZ violations, but the department could not trace any Adarsh file pertaining to the complaint. So we issued a direction to the chief promoter of Adarsh," Nair Singh said.

Lt Gen (retd) Tejinder Singh quizzed
The CBI on Wednesday questioned Lt Gen (retd) Tejinder Singh in connection with the Adarsh scam.

CBI sources said Singh was asked how he secured a flat in the controversial society, and about the source of his funds. On his part, Singh said he was not an accused in the scam and was called by the CBI to verify some facts about his flat in the society.

"They asked me how I had purchased the flat, what was the source of funding, my income and genuineness of my signatures on the documents... It's a normal process... other members of the society have also been questioned," Singh said.

(With agency inputs)