Kanhaiyalal Gidwani, former MLC and one of the promoters of the Adarsh Cooperative Housing Society, on Tuesday, claimed that his good relations with ministers helped allotment of the plot to the society.
“It will not be incorrect to say that because of my good relations with ministers and bureaucrats, and because of my good offices, it helped the allotment of the plot to Adarsh CHS,” Gidwani told the Adarsh Inquiry Commission.
Gidwani, along with his two sons Kailash and Amit, owns a flat in the Adarsh Society. Gidwani claimed that he first came to know about the society in 1999 when a certain Captain Kala asked him to help the society procure a plot.
Gidwani claimed that in 1999, there were only two promoters of the society - RC Thakur and Brig. Wanchoo - who had made an application for allotment of plot near the buildings, Oyster and Dolphin. Gidwani stated that he had attended a meeting in the official residence of the then chief minister Narayan Rane in 1999 in connection with the allotment of the plot to the society.
He further claimed that he first visited the land on which the building came up, in 1999 or 2000. Gidwani stated that he was aware that the land in question was in possession of the local military authority. Gidwani, however, never tried to enquire about the ownership of the land. “I did not try to find out whether the land in question belonged to the state government. I presumed it belonged to the state,” he said.
He claimed that he decided to become the member of the society after he became a member of the legislative council, in July, 2000. He also agreed that the land on which Adarsh was built was meant to be given to defence personnel.
In his deposition, Gidwani also claimed that he was informed by the society that the land in question was in possession of the local military authority and that the land was part of a ‘road land’. He also admitted that the defence had indeed raised objection to the construction of residential houses on the land. “I did not think of bringing these facts to the notice of the Centre in my capacity as MLC,” Gidwani said.