Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Wednesday announced a probe into the Adarsh co-co-operative housing society scam. The probe will be conducted under the Commission of Inquiry Act, 1952, by a two-member committee comprising a retired high court or Supreme Court judge and a retired officer above the level of chief secretary.
Chavan made the announcement after a marathon debate on the issue in the Legislative Assembly.
The scope of the inquiry will be decided soon.
Adarsh society, which had sought land in Colaba saying flats would be allotted to Kargil war heroes, among others, was caught in a controversy in the wake of allegations that politicians, bureaucrats and defence officials had obtained flats meant for war heroes.
In his reply to the debate, the CM said the Colaba plot belonged to the state government though it was in possession of the Defence Ministry. In view of the controversy, though, the CBI would be asked to find out who exactly owned the land.
“The question is whether the government had the right to allot the land. The government has no doubt about it, but the Defence says it’s their land,” Chavan said.
He, however, took a strong stand against bureaucrats involved in the matter. “If government officers cleared files in exchange for flats in Adarsh, they will face stern action under the relevant laws,” he said.
The CM said notices had been issued to 21 bureaucrats, including 12 all-India service officers, asking them for details on how they took decisions and produced money to buy flats.