Claiming the land allotted to Adarsh housing society does not belong to the Ministry of Defence (MoD), members of the controversial building held that it was rivalry between former Maharashtra chief minister Sushilkumar Shinde and former defence minister AK Antony that was responsible for the entire controversy over ownership of the land.
At a press conference on Saturday, the members also levelled allegations against former army chief and current union minister Gen VK Singh for misleading Antony in this case to take revenge against his predecessor Gen Deepak Kapoor.
While addressing the media, the secretary of the society, RC Thakur, said, “Ever since the allotment letter was issued by Sushilkumar Shinde, his rival Antony started targeting us. He did not even care to check records before commencing action against us.”
The members showed various replies from the MoD obtained through Right to Information (RTI) Act to show that the land did not belong to the MoD.
Brig TK Sinha (retired), chairman of the society, said, "In spite of the Defence Estates officer’s reports, a one-man inquiry by a colonel ordered by Army headquarters and the opinion of then Additional Solicitor General of India Darius Khambata informing the Army headquarters that the land does not belong to the defence, Gen VK Singh brushed aside all facts and wrote to the Ministry of Defence in October 2010 to order an inquiry by the CBI, which resulted in the case against Adarsh."
Sinha further said the defence ministry did not have any records to prove that the land belonged to it.
"The information sought under the RTI has revealed that the MoD has no information or records available with them regarding ownership of the plot on which the Adarsh society has been built," Sinha said.
Claiming that the land belongs to the Maharashtra government, Sinha said “Finally after four years of malicious conspiracy, the truth is out and we all in the society, especially men in uniform, who have suffered unsolicited humiliation as ‘land grabbers’ stand totally vindicated before the nation.”