The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday questioned major general (retired) TK Kaul in connection with the irregularities in Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society.
Four executive committee members of Adarsh society, who are not named in the first information report (FIR), were also examined at the same time.
Kaul was summoned at the CBI’s Colaba office in the afternoon where he was questioned for a few hours. He is one of the 13 accused named in the FIR.
The FIR states that Kaul, who was the general officer commanding, Mumbai, when the Adarsh scam took place, had lied to the parliament that the land had never been under the occupation of the Indian Army. Kaul had intimated this in a reply to the Lok Sabha starred question dated December 13, 2003.
The FIR said Kaul furnished false information and misrepresented the facts to the parliament and failed to protect the interest of the Army.
It stated that Kaul deliberately did not take action on the request letter of defence estate office (DEO) for revocation of the purported no objection certificate (NOC) given to Adarsh as he was one of the members of the society.
CBI sources said Kaul was extensively questioned on his reply to the Lok Sabha and his failure to revoke the NOC to Adarsh. “He was also asked about his links with other accused named in the FIR,” a CBI officer said on condition on anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
The executive committee members were examined on various aspects relating to the NOC and other clearances to the society. They were also examined on the procedure adopted to select members.
Adarsh, declared illegal by the Union environment ministry last month, is under the scanner for allegedly violating environmental norms and giving bureaucrats and politicians flats in return for clearances. It was initially floated as a society for war widows and veterans.