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Commission to hear arguments from March 1

mumbai Updated: Feb 25, 2012 01:53 IST
Zeeshan Shaikh

Thirteen months after it was set up, the inquiry commission that is probing the Adarsh land scam is finally preparing to submit an interim report to the government.

Of the 13 issues under investigation, the report is likely to tackle the two main issues: who originally owned the land on which Adarsh society now stands, and if the land was reserved for Kargil war veterans.

The Adarsh inquiry commission has been under persistent pressure from the state government to submit its findings.

After being granted an extension, the commission was asked by the government to file an interim report by March 15, when the budget session of the state assembly begins.

For this, the commission will begin hearing arguments on March 1. It is however not clear whether the report would be ready by March 15.

“A final report on these two issues will be submitted after the commission deliberates over the evidence and arguments of the lawyer,” a source said.

The two-member commission comprising retired high court judge JA Patil and former state chief secretary P Subramanium was set up in January 2011 to probe the scam with reference to specific issues such as land ownership, reservation of the plot, town planning, coastal violations and the role of public servants.

The commission was expected to submit its report within three months but started examining witnesses only in May. It has examined 36 witnesses including most of the erstwhile bureaucrats.

However, most top politicians whose name cropped up in the scam including Vilasrao Deshmukh, Ashok Chavan and Sushil Kumar Shinde are yet to depose before the commission.

The commission has asked for and has been granted an extension thrice with the latest one expiring in August this year.

In December, during the winter session of the state assembly, legislators had taken the government to task over the slow progress of the probe.

Following this, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan announced that the government would ask the commission to submit an interim report.