Former chief minister Ashok Chavan in his affidavit before the Adarsh Inquiry Commission on Monday has said that he did not allot the Cuffe Parade plot to the housing society or did not clear list of its members.
Chavan who had to resign in the Adarsh controversy, was being accused of allotting land to the controversial housing society and also increasing list of its members to accommodate more civilians.
“I ceased to be the minister holding revenue portfolio and was not aware of the events which took place thereafter in respect of this proposal. I have learnt that the allotment of the land was sanctioned in July 2004,” Chavan said in his affidavit. He added that the decision to allot land to the society was taken 16 months after he ceased to be the revenue minister.
Chavan has not specifically named his predecessors Vilasrao Deshmukh or Sushilkumar Shinde or his successor revenue minister Shivajirao Nilangekar-Patil. However, in his affidavit Chavan has insisted that the chief minister was the person who took decisions pertaining to land allotment in the Adarsh case. Chavan was revenue minister from 1999 to 2003 while Deshmukh was chief minister in the same period. Sushilkumar Shinde succeeded Deshmukh till 2004 assembly elections.
“In respect of allotment of plots of land of the value exceeding R25 lakh and plots of land situated in Pune city, Mumbai city and the suburbs, the decision for allotment is of the CM,” Chavan said.
He also claimed that he did not tell the society to include civilians.
The former CM who had to resign following the Adarsh scam, has also pointed fingers at bureaucracy. He said it was the bureaucrats who scrutinised and cleared the records.