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Defence estate probe soon

mumbai Updated: Oct 27, 2010 01:11 IST
Yogesh Joshi
Yogesh Joshi
Hindustan Times
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The Directorate General Defence Estate (DGDE) has sought a report from the Defence Estate Office (DEO) after reports that one of its junior officers was involved in getting clearances for Adarsh Society at Colaba.

The now retired junior defence estate officer RC Thakur coordinated the allotment of a plot on the condition that the society would be a six-storey building. It was also initially promoted as a society for war heroes and widows. The building now has 31 storeys and houses army and navy commanders, bureaucrats and politicians. Thakur denied any wrongdoing.

Minister of State for Defence Pallam Raju met defence estate officials. “We are gathering information about the building,” Raju said. When asked for details, Principal Director (Defence Estate) Ashok Kumar Harnal said: “Please don’t ask me anything at this stage.”

DEO sources said society members procured flats at Rs 30-40 lakh, though market prices were more than double that.